South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has highlighted the importance of Dumfries and Galloway’s new recycling scheme, following the publication of new figures on recycling.
The latest household recycling figures released this week show that just 29.5 per cent of household waste was recycled in the region in 2019. However, the figures cover the period before the new kerbside recycling scheme was implemented earlier this year and according to the local authority, it collected 1,200 tonnes of material in the first three months of the scheme.
Colin Smyth has said that Dumfries and Galloway is now playing catch up as a result of the “shambolic” previous doorstep recycling scheme implemented by the region’s Tory administration in 2012.
Colin said: “These figures show just how vital and how welcome the new kerbside recycling scheme is in our region.
“Dumfries and Galloway has been forced to play catch-up when it comes to recycling due to the shambolic scheme which was agreed by the previous Tory administration in 2012.
“That scheme has thankfully been scrapped and has now been replaced by one which actually works. Last month the council said people in the region have embraced the new household recycling system, which collected 1,200 tonnes of materials in the first three months.
“This is really positive news and I’d like to say a huge thank you to both the council and all householders who have taken the new scheme on board.
“I know there are some concerns over the number of wheelie bins, but I hope the positive public response will continue because it will put the region in a position to achieve the local authority’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon status and play a part in tackling the climate crisis.