MSP gives backing to Zero Waste Bute

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell at the launch of Zero Waste Bute in Rothesay on Friday, November 27, 2015.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell at the launch of Zero Waste Bute in Rothesay on Friday, November 27, 2015.

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has thrown his backing behind the Zero Waste Bute project which was officially launched this week.

But Mr Russell says attempts to make Bute Scotland’s first ‘zero waste’ island won’t be helped by a proposal to cut local authority support for recycling initiatives.

The two-year Zero Waste Bute project, being delivered by local social enterprise Fyne Futures with government funding of £200,000, will see a range of recycling initiatives introduced around the island to add to those already in place.

But a proposal to stop the recycling service currently provided by Fyne Futures on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council is one of the options currently up for consultation as part of the local authority’s Service Choices savings programme.

Speaking after the project’s official launch in Rothesay on Friday, Mr Russell said: “Bute has a perfect opportunity to be a circular economy , making waste work for the community and providing jobs as well.

“Zero Waste Bute wants to make the island Scotland’s first zero waste island and I am delighted to support them in that task.

“I am glad the council is also supporting that aim and I hope it will do all it can to help Fyne Futures continue to deliver for the island. Cutting support for recycling - as the council plans - won’t do that.”