Bute jobs saved as council budget keeps recycling deal

Fyne Futures' kerbside recycling collection service on Bute will continue after Argyll and Bute Council rejected a proposal to take recycling collections in-house.
Fyne Futures' kerbside recycling collection service on Bute will continue after Argyll and Bute Council rejected a proposal to take recycling collections in-house.

Recycling services on Bute provided by local social enterprise Fyne Futures have been spared the axe in Argyll and Bute Council’s 2016-17 budget.

The authority was considering bringing recycling collections back in-house as part of efforts to bridge a major gap in its finances.

But leader Dick Walsh told the council’s budget meeting on Thursday that the third-sector partnership with Fyne Futures - and separate arrangements with similar organisations REJIG on Islay and Jura, and Kintyre Recycling Ltd in Campbeltown and the surrounding areas - would be maintained.

Fyne Futures’ general manager Reeni Kennedy-Boyle gave us a one-word reaction when we contacted her to pass on the news: “Woohoo!”

As well as carrying out kerbside collection services for recyclable materials around Bute, Fyne Futures is also responsible for implementing the Zero Waste Bute programme, which includes extending the range of materials eligible for kerbside collection and promoting the re-use of materials such as textiles and food waste.