Dumfries and Galloway Council has been told to “get its act together” as a new report puts the region bottom of the league table for recycling in mainland Scotland.
New figures published by environment agency SEPA show that between October to December 2011, Dumfries and Galloway recycled 21.3% of household waste, the lowest rate in Scotland and substantially below the Scottish average of 36.7%
Labour’s housing spokesman, Councillor Jeff Leaver, said: “The council really needs to start getting its act together. Bottom of the league table in mainland Scotland for recycling is an embarrassment for Dumfries and Galloway.
“It is not through lack of will from local people, many of whom I know take recycling very seriously. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the council. It isn’t taking recycling seriously, which I fear could lead to fines for the Council cn the future.
“While other councils make advances in availability of recycling, our area goes backwards. In 2008 the council removed the blue box scheme and scrapped a raft of recycling points, and we’ve been paying the price ever since.
“There are steps the council could take quickly to start making a difference. They urgently need to increase the number of recycling points and making available more types of recycling. Too often when people go to recycling centres in supermarkets and car parks they find a very limited selection of what they can recycle. People want to do their bit for the planet by recycling and are frustrated when they can’t.
“In this day and age that is unacceptable and I hope these figures give the council a kick in the right direction.”