Council urged to save Bute recycling service

The Zero Waste Bute project, launched at Rothesay Playgroup in September 2015, is being run by Fyne Futures - but the organisation is fearful its core recycling service may be taken away by Argyll and Bute Council.
The Zero Waste Bute project, launched at Rothesay Playgroup in September 2015, is being run by Fyne Futures - but the organisation is fearful its core recycling service may be taken away by Argyll and Bute Council.

The manager of the Fyne Futures recycling project says she’s more optimistic about the future of the organisation than she was a few weeks ago.

Reeni Kennedy-Boyle spoke to The Buteman after trying to persuade Argyll and Bute councillors not to back a proposal, made as part of the authority’s budget-saving plans, to take recycling collections on Bute, currently provided by Fyne Futures on the council’s behalf, back under the council’s own umbrella.

“I’m more optimistic now than I was on November 9 when I was told the council was taking all recycling services in-house,” Reeni told The Buteman.

“If the council takes recycling in-house, recyclable materials would still be collected - but they would go into the back of a big truck and go off the island, probably to a processing plant in the central belt somewhere, and a private company would get the value out of that waste material.”

Any move to take the service back into the council’s direct control would also conflict with the authority’s backing for the Zero Waste Bute initiative, in which Fyne Homes is receiving £200,000 from Zero Waste Scotland to increase recycling and re-use on the island.

* More detail in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, January 21.