What a waste
£1m on lorries that have never been used
The“bungling” council spent £1 million on bin lorries that have never been used.
The 11 lorries were bought for the local authority’s ill-fated recycling scheme and have been stored so long that their warranties have now expired before they have even turned a wheel.
The revelation comes just weeks after the council admitted it had spent more than £400,000 storing bins for the scheme.
Chief executive of the TaxPayer’s Alliance, John O’Connell, said: “I’ve heard of rubbish uses of taxpayers’ money before but this really is unforgivable.
“The waste involved in this story is all money that could have been spent on essential public services like education or frontline medical care but the council’s bungling has seen huge amounts of residents’ cash just thrown away.”
The council revealed in a Freedom of Information request that it currently has 11 unused bin lorries which were bought between 2013 and 2014 using £1 million from Zero Waste Scotland as it geared up for its new kerbside recycling scheme.
It also admitted that the warranties on all 11 have now expired.
The lorries have been kept in storage around the region after the pilot project in Wigtownshire hit problems and burst its budget by £750,000.
The rollout of the system across the rest of the region, due to begin in the Stewartry in 2014, was put on hold.
The council admitted last month it has spent more than £400,000 on storing more than half a million items associated with the project in a hanger in Dumfries for nearly six years.
A further £15,500 was budgeted formoving the items to the unfinished zero waste park on the outskirts of Dumfries.
The council did not respond to a request for a comment on the cost, nor provide details of when the scheme would be introduced in the rest of Dumfries and Galloway.
Waste Council spent £400k on bins to be picked up by lorries, including the 11 still stored Inset John O’Connell