Food recycling proves popular with Wigtownshire residents

A local councillor has called for crisis talks about waste collection after Dumfries and Galloway Council received 100 complaints in a week.

Willie Scobie wants the problems with the new recycling boxes discusses as an urgent item of business at the Wigtown Area Committee meeting on Wednesday.

The Stranraer councillor said: “We understand the Council has received over a 1000 telephone calls from members of the public. The recycling operation is taking an inordinate time to collect with the operation still going on well into the evening and, on occasions, having to be suspended because it goes beyond employees legal working time. There is also serious questions being asked about the health and safety of the operational practices in respect of the employees.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council did not comment.

Meanwhile, seventy per cent per cent of household in Wigtownshire have embraced the new food waste collection system introduced last month. Council statistics show that the first week of collections at the end of August resulted in 14.5 tonnes of food waste being collected, rising to 20 tonnes in the second week, from approximately 15,000 households.

Despite initial scepticism the move to using the new style food caddies has proved to be relatively straightforward.

Council statistics released this week show that the first week of collections at the end of August resulted in 14.5 tonnes of food waste being collected, rising to 20 tonnes in the second week, from approximately 15,000 households.

The teething problems encountered have ben with the collection of ‘dry recyclates’ such as glass and plastic bottles, metal cans, newspapers, magazines and cardboard in separate boxes. This began last week and no statistics for that collection are available at present.

Mid Galloway Councillor Graham Nicol commented: “This has been a controversial introduction to a region wide waste disposal scheme. But now that it’s here I’m delighted there has been a reasonable uptake of the first phase of the food waste collection system. It’s heartening to hear the new system is being adopted by local communities.

“But I understand there have been a lot of mistakes with the next phase. People are confused about what to put into the recycling boxes. A booklet was handed out with the boxes and if people read it carefully it explains what is expected.”

All food waste and dry recyclates are being delivered to the new Zero Waste Park in Stranraer.