Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has urged the Scottish Government to match-fund Orkney Islands Council in a bid to meet recycling targets.
Mr McArthur believes that significant capital investment from the Scottish Government will be needed to help Orkney Islands Council deliver the facilities required for reducing waste in the islands.
Speaking in a debate in Holyrood today: Orkney’s MSP said: “dealing with waste presents real challenges, particularly for island communities, but it is right that we should be setting ambitious targets for waste reduction”.
According to OIC, new facilities for dealing with food and other waste could cost up to £45 million, but with the prospect of generating heat and power for local consumption or export.
Following the exchanges in Parliament, Mr McArthur said:
“Orkney faces a significant cost in tackling waste, including food waste in future. There is an appetite locally to do more, however.
“In order to be able to do that, the Council is working with partners in a range of different sectors to develop innovative facilities that can deal with waste while also generating heat and power. This, though, will come at a cost and it is not a cost that the Council can meet on its own.
“The Scottish Government is right to be setting ambitious targets for reducing waste. However, it must will the means as well as the ends. If Orkney is to play its part in delivering these targets, there needs to be collaboration with and investment from central government.”