Fears council cuts could see recycling workers with special needs out of a job if proposals go ahead
PROPOSED council cuts might cost workers with special needs and learning difficulties their livelihoods at Kintyre Recycling Limited (KRL).
KRL bosses were shocked to learn during a meeting with Argyll and Bute council, on November 6, that recycling collections might be taken in house, rendering the Campbeltown Glebe Street charity operation, which employs 22 people, surplus to requirements.
Changes to amenity services are detailed in Argyll and Bute’s services choices consultation paper.
Under three policy options, there is a proposal to ‘move to a three-weekly collection for general waste but retaining fortnightly recycling collections’.
KRL receives £157,000 a year from Argyll and Bute to run its service and nearly matches that with income from sales and other sources.
Directors are unhappy there is no mention in the report of taking recycling collection services inhouse and removing the contract from KRL, nor is it mentioned as a potential third sector partner.
KRL believes that the cuts, intended to save money, will cost the economy of Kintyre £280,000, and the employment of many vulnerable workers.
25_c26recycle01 SHOCKED: KRL workers outside their new Ben Gullion Road premises in Campbeltown purchased for £41,230 this summer.