Bin scheme plans remain a mystery
Date of roll-out to region to be revealed in 2019
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.
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