Bin scheme plans re­main a mys­tery

Date of roll-out to re­gion to be re­vealed in 2019

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Stu­art Gille­spie

Coun­cil of­fi­cials are still un­able to say when kerb­side re­cy­cling will be in­tro­duced in the Ste­wartry – four years af­ter it was due to be­gin.

In­fra­struc­ture direc­tor Alis­tair Speedie told coun­cil­lors that he “couldn’t give you a date when that roll out will be”.

How­ever, mem­bers of the econ­omy, en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee were told there were plans to un­veil a date next year.

Coun­cil­lors were told about the trans­fer of the PFI waste con­tract from Re­newi to the coun­cil fol­low­ing the ter­mi­na­tion of the con­tract ear­lier this year.

Mr Speedie said there were now “no ob­sta­cles or ob­struc­tions to hav­ing a waste strat­egy that is to­tally and ut­terly un­der mem­bers’ con­trol” and a re­view of the sys­tem was un­der way.

When he was asked for de­tails of when the re­cy­cling scheme would be in­tro­duced, he said: “I can’t give you a date when that roll-out will be at this stage be­cause that re­view has only started now that we have made that huge jump of bring­ing the PFI in house.”

At present, the re­cy­cling scheme is op­er­at­ing only in Wig­town­shire where it was in­tro­duced in 2014.

Prob­lems iden­ti­fied there pre­vented it be­ing rolled out across the rest of the re­gion.

In­fra­struc­ture boss James McLeod said a re­port de­tail­ing the roll-out would be pre­sented to coun­cil­lors in 2019.

At Fri­day’s com­mit­tee meet­ing, mem­bers also agreed a pro­posal to in­crease the charge for white plas­tic side waste bags to £1. The sale of the bags will be stopped at the end of March and col­lec­tion will stop at the end of July.

The move is be­ing made in a bid to en­cour­age re­cy­cling. How­ever, coun­cil­lor Katie Hag­mann pointed out: “My is­sue is the re­cy­cling isn’t there. My con­cern is when we look to with­draw those white bags, how can we do that if we don’t have the re­cy­cling in place?”

Mr McLeod said: “Prin­ci­pally the side waste is­sue is most no­tice­able in the Wig­town area where there­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able and resid­ual col­lec­tion is fort­nightly.”

He added that the low cost of ex­tra bags dis­cour­aged re­cy­cling.

Mem­bers also agreed changes to wheelie bin pro­vi­sion with of­fi­cials claim­ing there are more than 5,200 ex­tra ones across the re­gion.

As a re­sult, prop­er­ties with six or more res­i­dents will be pro­vided with 360-litre bins pro­vided they can prove they have a need for ex­tra waste ca­pac­ity.

Pro­vid­ing new bins and tak­ing away the ex­tra ones will cost £25,000 and pur­chas­ing the bins will cost a fur­ther £12,000.

How­ever, Mr McLeod’s re­port stated that the sur­plus bins could be re-used which would save £62,500.

De­lighted Ac­tor Gary Lewis with his univer­sity award

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