In September 2006, Glasgow City Council was given an indicative award of nearly £27 million for the period to 2020 to implement a recycling service for 110,000 households in multi-occupancy properties in Glasgow. I understand that the council intends to start the roll-out of the scheme in February 2007.
I welcome the significant investment in recycling in Glasgow. However, are there any specific initiatives to deal with the challenges that the roads infrastructure creates for the collection of material for recycling or with the difficulties with collecting material from tenements? What additional investment could be provided to meet those challenges?
As Paul Martin might be aware, the award was made to Glasgow following two pilot schemes that were conducted in a collaboration between my department, the local authority and other local authorities that face the same problems in collecting material from tenement properties—not just their physical location or the absence of adequate space and facilities in the back courts, but access for appropriate vehicles. Those factors were taken into account in the award to Glasgow City Council.
The council will produce six-monthly reports on the progress of the recycling projects and those reports will be used to assess whether the issues that Paul Martin raises are being adequately addressed or whether further action needs to be taken.