Newspaper reports have stated that Jim Hume, the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, has accused the Scottish government of “running roughshod over local decision-making” by “forcing Dumfries and Galloway’s Council hand on recycling”.
Hume is reportedly angry that a new waste collection model has been introduced, breaking a 25-year contract that was in place with Shanks. He says the current Eco Deco plant has been popular with residents and was providing successful, as well as “minimising number of bins on our streets”.
“The council will now incur £24.5m capital costs at waste management centres, nearly £4 million capital costs of new waste trucks and multiple bins, and not to mention an estimated yearly shortfall in revenue costs of £422,000 from 2015-16,” Hume is reported a as saying in the Galloway Gazette.
“How Dumfries and Galloway meets its recycling targets in the future will depend largely on the public information campaign running alongside the new arrangements, but I fear this change has already met with huge public opposition and efforts to engage communities will have to be immense for the region to meet its targets. It’s another costly exercise for the council to bear.”
Original source: www.gallowaygazette.co.uk