Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling Ltd staff pro­file: Gus McEachran, 61

The Courier con­tin­ues its se­ries on the work car­ried out by KRL

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A fac­tory su­per­vi­sor said that since refuse col­lec­tions went three weekly more than 300 ad­di­tional cus­tomers a week are re­cy­cling. Gus McEachran, 61, has worked for Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling Ltd for 14 years af­ter more than 20 years as a fish­er­man. Mr McEachran, a dad of two with three grand­chil­dren, is one of 26 work­ers whose liveli­hoods are threat­ened as KRL strug­gles to cope with a 59 per cent up­lift in re­cy­cling. Since the up­turn KRL has strug­gled to bal­ance the books and asked for an ex­tra £50,000 from Ar­gyll and Bute Council, with a dead­line which ran out last Fri­day. Mr McEachran, who man­ages some of KRL’s dis­abled op­er­a­tives as well as oper­at­ing ma­chin­ery in the re­cy­cling fac­tory, said: ‘When I fin­ished at school I went to Kin­tyre Farm­ers and started as an ap­pren­tice but the scheme ended. ‘I went to the fish­ing – the seas were cleaner. There was noth­ing like Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling 34 years ago. ‘To­day you have to stay at a job. I am not one for sit­ting idle, it is point­less jack­ing in a job as you have to find an­other. ‘By start­ing the three-weekly col­lec­tions the council have heaped pres­sure on KRL.’

Gus McEachran op­er­ates KRL’s ma­chine which com­pacts card­board. 25_c43re­cy­cling02_Gus_McEachran

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