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'Significant' cost for council from collapsed contractor

West Dunbartonshire Council faces a £321,000 bill following the collapse of its recycling contractor.

The council used Greenlight Environmental for some services, shared with Inverclyde and Argyll & Bute councils.

Greenlight collapsed in August and went into administration later that month after efforts to sell it proved fruitless.

The three councils have stopped working together on the recycling contract but have separately agreed to tender a joint £141m waste disposal contract.

A West Dunbartonshire report said the council would bring in-house glass, cardboard and dry recyclates collection, operation of two household recycling centres and a garden care scheme.

Dry recyclates and confidential waste processing would be tendered externally.

The report said these arrangements would cost an extra £321,000, which was “a significant increase in costs for the services previously provided by Greenlight”.

Argyll & Bute and Inverclyde will provide their own services, with the latter having already said the council will provide the replacement service for the immediate future.

The trio are still collaborating on the waste disposal contract, where West Dunbartonshire will lead procurement for a 10-year contract estimated to be worth £141m.

It will be designed to meet the Scottish Government’s requirement that bans the landfilling of biodegradable municipal waste from 2021.

A council report warned: “The current capacity to treat waste and divert from landfill within Scotland is limited, and an early solution to secure our future waste disposal arrangements are essential”, but added that the three councils together provided sufficient scale to make the contract attractive to bidders.

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