THE SNP was ordered to spend an unused £ 70 million recycling fund to clean the streets of Scotland and stop rat-running from rising.
In September, ministers revealed the £ 70 million pot in Nicola Sturgeon’s Government Program – the Scottish government said it could be used to “improve local waste collection infrastructure and develop a new route to reduce waste and meet our 2025 waste and recycling targets.”
Secretary of the Environment Roseanna Cunningham announced that “no decisions have yet been made on how the fund will be distributed,” leading Scottish Conservatives to call for the money to be turned over to local authorities.
The Tories say that this will help counter the rat race, which has supposedly increased by 3 million to 15 million by 2020, with improvements in closure claimed to have led to the rise.
It has also been documented that, via lockdowns, grocery store closures have pushed rodents in search of food into more residential areas.
Alert about the growing population of rats in Scotland.
“Maurice Golden, Scottish Conservative economic spokesman, whose parliamentary question prompted the response of Ms. Cunningham, said, “The decision of the SNP to stockpile this money is just worsening the problems on the roads of Scotland.
This is money that can now help councils collect more litter.
“It would have an immediate impact on keeping streets clean, improving the quality of life in many communities and reducing the spread of rats.”
He added: “This pledge was announced months ago by the SNP, but even now, as we head into 2021, the money has yet to be disbursed to the communities that need it so desperately.”
“It’s another example of the SNP hoping that warm words will make the real problems go away.”
“Local authorities are already providing a range of litter and neighborhood services to keep our streets clean and protect public health,” said a Scottish government spokesman.
In our revised climate change strategy last week, we set out steps to recycle 70% of all Scottish waste by 2025. There is also a ban on landfilling biodegradable household waste, and the Climate Action Plan 2018-2032 commits to consulting on expanding this ban to business and non-municipal waste by 2025.
“Establishing a £70 million fund to improve recycling collection in local authorities is part of our multi-layered approach to achieving these ambitious targets,” he said.
“We are currently working with organizations such as Cosla, the Waste Management Officer’s Network and Zero Waste Scotland to agree an approach that will ensure the fund achieves maximum impact.”