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SNP council ignores Sturgeon’s climate emergency to axe recycling

An SNP council has marked Nicola Sturgeon’s climate emergency – by axing a recycling service for thousands of homes.

Dumfries and Galloway council, an SNP and Labour coalition, will this week be told by its officials to scrap household recycling for the area of Wigtownshire, which includes the town of Stranraer.

Instead, the paper states: “All properties in Wigtown shall be moved to a single collection system.”

This follows an admission last week by the First Minister that her recently-declared “climate emergency” would begin dictating Scottish Government policy.

Already, plans to reduce Air Departure Tax (ADT) have been scrapped, and the SNP is now reconsidering its support for a third runway at Heathrow Airport – a move that jeopardises the creation of thousands of Scottish jobs.

Despite that, nationalists in Dumfries and Galloway look set to press ahead with plans for thousands of households to put all waste into one bin, destined for landfill.

Locally, it’s the latest development in a waste-disposal scandal for the local authority.

Earlier this month, it emerged the council had to pay nearly £7 million to terminate a waste contract.

And a report later said thousands of bins which had been bought for a pilot scheme would never be used.

Scottish Conservative Galloway and West Dumfries MSP, Finlay Carson said:

“Nicola Sturgeon declared last week she wants to play games with the environment with her ‘climate emergency’, and is willing to throw Scottish jobs and economic growth under the bus to do so.

“Yet her SNP council in Dumfries and Galloway is preventing thousands of residents from recycling.

“It shows the chaos at the heart of SNP policy on the environment, and the cost of on-the-hoof policy by the First Minister.

“People in this part of Dumfries and Galloway were fond of the previous kerbside recycling system and felt they were making a positive impact in the process.

“That’s exactly how you positively involve the public so everyone – from government down – feels like they’re making a useful environmental impact.

“But this move underlines the farce at the heart of this council’s decision-making, and it’s a scandal that the system is now being abandoned.”

 

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Notes to editors

The recommendations by the council can be seen on the first page (point 2.4) of this document, and will be presented to Dumfries and Galloway councillors on Tuesday:

https://dumfriesgalloway.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s9198/Waste%20Strategy%20and%20Operational%20Development.pdf

The council’s waste policy has been repeatedly under fire:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-48202411

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-48132540

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