Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling Ltd worker pro­file: Jenna Camp­bell, 34

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Mark Davey edi­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

When a neatly-folded plas­tic re­cy­cling sack drops through your let­ter box, spare a thought for Jenna Camp­bell. For 12 years the Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling Lim­ited (KRL) worker has ded­i­cated six hours a week to per­son­ally fold­ing 6,000 sacks, Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day. Her boss, KRL busi­ness man­ager Amanda Card, said: ‘Jenna does other jobs as well, in­clud­ing pro­duc­ing rag wipes for CS Wind and work­ing in the fac­tory.’ Ms Camp­bell added: ‘ I also do some hoover­ing and keep the boys in line and I am hop­ing to start help­ing out in Lon­grow fur­ni­ture shop when it is ready.’ It is no pic­nic and fold­ing about 100 sacks in half-an­hour makes the shoul­ders ache. Jenna says, with years of prac­tice, she does not no­tice and rapidly filled a bag, on Mon­day morn­ing, with 1,000 folded sacks. As she worked, Jenna spoke of her ex­tended fam­ily of five sis­ters and 11 neph­ews and nieces whose birth­days she has to re­mem­ber. ‘I like to come here to work and I like Amanda,’ added Ms Camp­bell. The sacks, made from re­cy­cled plas­tic, form some of the high­est grade plas­tic which KRL re­cy­cles. Once they have been used to col­lect re­cy­clate from house­hold­ers, they are re­cy­cled again in a vir­tual cir­cle. As re­ported last week, KRL faces a fund­ing crunch and needs an ex­tra £50,000 per an­num, from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, by a dead­line of noon on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 26. The is­sue was due to be dis­cussed at the coun­cil pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee yes­ter­day (Thurs­day). Speak­ing about wages, Ms Card said: ‘The di­rec­tors have worked out a pay scale and ev­ery­one is cur­rently paid above min­i­mum wage but we have to pay the wage for the job. ‘It is worked out on job de­scrip­tions and roles. For in­stance, we have two sev­e­nand-a-half tonne lor­ries which re­quire driv­ers to have a Cer­tifi­cate of Pro­fes­sional Com­petance. ‘One thing we have not had a prob­lem with is staff re­ten­tion. No­body wants to leave us for some rea­son. ‘We are nearly at the liv­ing wage but place­ments through fund­ing bod­ies skew it. ‘All the peo­ple here are lif­ers. Nee­nie has been here 18 years and is the sec­ond long­est served af­ter my 23 years. ‘When I first vol­un­teered, I drove a van. Re­cy­cling was in its in­fancy, started off by Wood­lands Re­source Cen­tre. ‘They drove round with a van and col­lected alu­minium cans but it came to the point where they could not deal with the vol­ume of cans.’ A coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘We have spo­ken with KRL. Our pri­or­ity now is to con­sider op­tions for the most fea­si­ble, long-term so­lu­tion.’

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Jenna Camp­bell, 34, packs plas­tic sacks for de­liv­ery to Camp­bel­town houses at Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling Lim­ited.

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