Leader, March 5 2021

Jenna Campbell packing recycling sacks at Kintyre Recycling Limited.
Jenna Campbell packing recycling sacks at Kintyre Recycling Limited.

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Nonsensical decision to scrap KRL

Argyll and Bute Council’s decision not to renew Kintyre Recycling Limited (KRL)’s contract for carrying out kerbside collections in Kintyre appears to be completely nonsensical.

Both councillors John Armour and Donald Kelly have said it will actually cost the council more money to take recycling services in-house. This is in contradiction to what is surely the council’s main aim when setting the budget – saving money where possible.

Despite many of KRL’s staff having barriers to working, they do an exemplary job and are happy in their workplace – something which is evident from a visit to the recycling centre. The fact that some of them may lose the jobs they enjoy and do so well as a result of this decision is shocking and heart-breaking.

Campbeltown has seen record levels of redundancies over the last couple of years, with more than 100 lay-offs at CS Wind and Campbeltown Creamery alone, never mind the many people who have since lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. To potentially add to this level of unemployment for no apparent good reason is baffling.

KRL not only provides an efficient and cost effective service but worthwhile jobs to people who may otherwise struggle to find employment and are no doubt very concerned about their futures right now.

This decision should be reconsidered.