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Trio seek replacements for collapsed contractor

Three councils have scrambled to put alternative waste services in place following a contractor’s collapse.

Earlier this month, Greenlight Environmental entered administration after a prospective buyer pulled out, with 109 employees made redundant.

It provided certain recycling services, mainly glass, to Argyll and Bute, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire councils.

West Dunbartonshire said it had reopened four recycling centres, and would restore recycling collections to high-rise buildings and tenements previously delivered by Greenlight.

The council has 19 former Greenlight staff working on a temporary basis to deliver these services and is recruiting workers to resume the garden care service. Advisers are supporting other former Greenlight workers.

Inverclyde leader Stephen McCabe said: “We have put emergency measures in place today to maintain the collection of glass and the processing of other recyclable materials. Residents and businesses should continue to recycle as normal.”

He said the three councils were discussing longer term solutions.

An Argyll and Bute spokesperson said: “In light of the news about Greenlight, we can confirm that we already have alternative plans in place and we do not anticipate that there will be any impact on our refuse collection service.”

 

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