Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay calls for inquiry into council recycling scheme

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called for an independent inquiry into the council's bungled handling of a recycling scheme being rolled out.

The scheme, which initially began in 2014 has been beset with delays, mounting costs and now it appears thousands of bins that were bought for the rollout will now never be used.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The council’s failures on their much talked about recycling scheme are stark.

“With it being recently revealed that the council had to pay millions to terminate their most recent contract, local residents will be left wondering what is going to happen as the council spends more money on bins and lorries.

“There has been a culture of secrecy and lack of transparency surrounding the roll-out of recycling from the start of this scheme, which is why I am now calling for an independent inquiry into the council’s conduct.

“I have written to Audit Scotland asking them to investigate the council’s conduct surrounding their recycling scheme in recent years in order to gain answers for constituents.

“Given the wastage that has already occurred, it is absolutely vital that the council meets it’s recycling targets, given the SNP’s landfill targets.

“With recycling rates in Dumfries and Galloway still alarmingly low, the council need to be much bolder in how they tackle recycling in communities across the region.

“Instead of a culture of secrecy, the council must be upfront and open on how they are going to deliver a recycling scheme that truly delivers for local residents.”