Recycling (Central Fife)

Environment and Rural Development – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 7th December 2006.

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Photo of Christine May Christine May Labour 2:15 pm, 7th December 2006

To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to recycling in central Fife. (S2O-11391)

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Fife Council has been awarded more than £71 million from the strategic waste fund to introduce kerbside recycling, green waste collection schemes and new and improved recycling centres and collection points.

Photo of Christine May Christine May Labour

I appreciate the support that the Executive has given to recycling in central Fife through the strategic waste fund. The minister will be aware that Fife Council submitted a subsequent application in January. When will he invite the council to start work on the outline business case, given that the delay is giving rise to fears of increased fines for missing waste-to-landfill targets? Will the minister meet me and officials and elected representatives of Fife Council to discuss the matter?

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Yes. I am well aware of concerns expressed by Fife Council and other local authorities in connection with the allocation of phase 2 of the strategic waste fund. I had a meeting with representatives of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities at lunch time on that very subject.

I am anxious to proceed, and I deeply regret that technical issues have led to delays. As the member said, we have clear targets to divert waste from landfill.

We must ensure that we continue to progress recycling throughout Scotland. In that context, I will be happy to meet the member and officials to discuss the matter further.