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Hume launches petition against 'ludicrous' waste management plan for Dumfries and Galloway

January 31, 2013 1:16 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, has calledJim HumeJim Hume for an urgent meeting with Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP to discuss the controversial proposal to change how household waste is processed in Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is being required by the Scottish Government to move, at an estimated cost of £29 million, to a kerbside separation scheme involving households dealing with multiple bins. This involves amending a 25-year contract with Shanks which was negotiated only seven years ago with Scottish Government approval.

The MSP is also urging residents to sign up to his online petition and to write to him on this issue.

Mr Hume's online petition can be found here

Mr Hume said:

"The Eco Deco plant has proven a popular and efficient way of dealing with household waste, and it seems ludicrous to replace it at this stage.

"The Environment Minister appears to have changed his interpretation of EU rules on what constitutes recycling, and Dumfries and Galloway Council is clearly being leaned on by the SNP in Edinburgh to move to kerbside separation.

"The SNP centrally seem to be forcing the Council to break a 25 year contract with Shanks and are effectively imposing a new waste collection model on the administration, which is surely not a good use of Council resources.

"I have asked the Minister for an urgent meeting and will be urging him to rethink his position.

"In the meantime, I'm encouraging as many people as possible to get in touch and sign my online petition."