This afternoon, the newly-formed Angus Administration passed a motion which “defers implementation of the closures and changes to hours for the recycling centres” in Angus.
A member/officer group will be established to review the proposed changes to opening hours with the aim of bringing forward a report on the conclusions of this review in September.
The motion was proposed by leader of the council Bob Myles and seconded by Councillor for Monifieth & Sidlaw, Ben Lawrie.
Speaking at the meeting of the council this afternoon, Cllr Lawrie said:
“It’s incumbent upon all of us to foster a culture of recycling.
As well as our responsibility as individuals to do our bit, there is also a responsibility at all levels of government, whether it’s national, international, or in our case, local.
To promote this culture of recycling, we need to make recycling as easy as possible for as many people as possible rather than creating extra barriers.
With that in mind I’m pleased that this motion has been put forward. Whilst protecting our environment becomes ever more important, it may not be prudent to reduce the opening hours of recycling centres across Angus.”
I’m particularly pleased that the motion puts on hold the impending closure of the Monifieth Recycling Centre.
Monifieth residents do not want to lose the centre and as an environmentalist I share that sentiment.
Whilst the motion can’t guarantee the long-term future of the recycling centre, I’m convinced that this is the best first step. I hope that fellow members will join me in supporting this motion so that Angus can play its full role in protecting our environment.”