Bin bud­get over­spend is ‘a load of rub­bish’

Over­spend is ter­ri­ble It’s a mys­tery to me A load of rub­bish Do­ing their jobs for them ‘No ex­cuse’ for £1.2m bust on spend­ing

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

Leonard McCool Vi­o­let McCool Guer­rino Fran­chitti Cathy Wil­liams

The Wishaw Press re­vealed last week the North La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s much her­alded new waste col­lec­tion and re­cy­cling scheme is a stag­ger­ing £1.2 mil­lion over bud­get.

Our exclusive fig­ures, ob­tained by this news­pa­per through a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest, re­vealed that although the planned cost of the scheme un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary was £878, 500, within a year the coun­cil had spent a mas­sive £2.09 mil­lion. That’s £1.2 mil­lion over bud­get.

We took to the streets of Wishaw to find out what coun­cil tax pay­ers think of the mas­sive over­spend on waste col­lec­tion and re­cy­cling in North La­nark­shire.

And the con­sen­sus was: “What a load of rub­bish!”

“Like most peo­ple, I have an is­sue with the bins,” said Cathy Wil­liams, of Wishaw’s St Mary Crescent.

“I live in a wee court­yard and have nowhere to put the bins. The way I look at it, we are do­ing their jobs for them so there’s no ex­cuse for going over a mil­lion over bud­get.”

Guer­rino Fran­chitti, of Wishaw, agreed. “That’s a load of rub­bish,” he said.

“At the end of the day, ev­ery­thing goes in one place. I’ve seen it hap­pen­ing. The man who comes to empty the bin looks to see what is in it. What hap­pens af­ter that is a dif­fer­ent story.”

Leonard McCool, of Mother­well, isn’t con­vinced that cur­rent re­cy­cling prac­tices are eco­nom­i­cal.

“I think the over­spend is ter­ri­ble. What I don’t un­der­stand is where the re­cy­cling stuff goes. China has cut back on that and there is no-one else to sell it to. It’s all very con­fus­ing. I have two brown bins, a green bin, a blue bin with a green top and an­other bin for pa­per – too many bins.”

Wife Vi­o­let, who is happy for Leonard to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their house­hold’s waste man­age­ment and says she doesn’t have a clue which bins should re­ceive which waste.

“Last night, we had fish and chips. What bin do you put poly­styrene in?” she won­dered.

“It’s a mys­tery to me.”

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