By Lucy Ashton

Jackie Baillie has slammed the SNP-Green government’s environmental record as figures reveal more than 22,000 tonnes of waste from both West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute were sent to landfill in 2021.

Just over a third of household waste in West Dunbartonshire was recycled in 2021, and just under two fifths in Argyll and Bute – falling short of the Scottish Government’s target of 60 percent by 2020.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP, pictured right, warned that the Labour-led administration in West Dunbartonshire is being failed by the Scottish Government’s lack of leadership, which has seen Scotland-wide recycling rates slump to a pitiful 42.7 percent.

Both West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute Council have also been financially impacted due to legislation passed by the Scottish Government.

Because of this, costs to Barr Environmental Ltd for a waste contract have risen to a level which is not budgeted for and arose due to an error by the SNP Government.

This has cost West Dunbartonshire Council alone £1.5 million while funds are already stretched, putting frontline services at risk.

This is the latest in a series of environmental embarrassments for the SNP-Green government, including a stark warning from the Climate Change Committee that their statutory climate targets were at risk of becoming “meaningless” after they missed seven out of 11 legally-binding targets.

Jackie Baillie said: “These dismal figures lay bare the reality behind the SNP-Green government’s hollow environmental rhetoric.

“They claim to recognise the scale of the climate emergency, but missed targets and broken promises pile up around us.

“In West Dunbartonshire, Helensburgh and Lomond and right across Scotland recycling rates are stuck well below targets.

“On top of that, due to error on the part of the Scottish Government, fulfilling waste contracts is costing both Councils money which is not budgeted for and is pushing them further into financial despair.

“The SNP-Green government’s usual mismanagement and spin won’t cut it – we need bold action to boost recycling rates across the Dumbarton constituency and build a greener, fairer Scotland.”

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven recycling depot at Dalmoak on the Renton road.

Scottish household waste recycling 2021:

Local Authority Recycled
Aberdeen City 45.4 9,376
Aberdeenshire 41.1 66,292
Angus 54.7 1,661
Argyll and Bute 39.3 22,950
City of Edinburgh 38.3 7,006
Clackmannanshire 50.0 11,891
Dumfries and Galloway 40.2 7,212
Dundee City 32.6 2,452
East Ayrshire 48.5 22,352
East Dunbartonshire 45.3 6,063
East Lothian 53.9 5,487
East Renfrewshire 58.1 985
Falkirk 47.8 35,583
Fife 43.6 79,543
Glasgow City 27.3 97,417
Highland 37.3 66,707
Inverclyde 48.5 10,822
Midlothian 47.4 5,428
Moray 52.2 20,329
Na h-Eileanan Siar 33.5 9,337
North Ayrshire 56.3 3,470
North Lanarkshire 43.2 19,190
Orkney Islands 23.7 1,956
Perth and Kinross 50.2 32,707
Renfrewshire 51.7 6,999
Scottish Borders 54.8 172
Shetland Islands 16.9 2,400
South Ayrshire 56.0 19,706
South Lanarkshire 40.4 37,663
Stirling 50.8 20,868
West Dunbartonshire 35.6 22,369
West Lothian 41.3 7,140
Total Scotland 42.7 663,533


One comment

  1. West Dunbartonshire Council is rotten with corruption and mismanagement.

    Failing to recycle tops up the income for corporate landfill operators.

    Not the first time I’ve heard of recycle loads being deliberately tipped.

    And of course Greenlight the not so arms length company that went bust costing the council loads, what was that all about.

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