Recycling is not about raising cash


Sir, – Further to the report published on pages 1 and 3 of the Linlithgow Gazette on Friday, March 14, I would like to take this opportunity to explain the position.

The purpose of the new trade waste recycling service is not a means to generate additional income.

The aim of the service is to enable businesses to fully comply with the requirements of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 which they have a duty to meet and to fully recover the cost of providing the service which until April 1, 2014, has been heavily subsidised by the council.

We understand the cost for this service in West Lothian is now comparable with other Scottish councils.

The new charge covers a range of costs involved in waste collection and disposal including landfill tax and gate fees at landfill sites or recycling processing fees. Landfill tax, in particular, is now very costly and accounts for almost 64 per cent of the charge for an 1100 litre bin.

We are eager to work with local businesses to reduce the amount of waste which they send to landfill and reduce their trade waste costs.

There are other options available to business which are not affected by landfill tax and can reduce their costs for trade waste disposal.

For example, we have introduced trade waste recycling services for dry mixed recyclable goods, food waste and colour separated glass. The charges for these recycling services are considerably lower than that for residual waste, reflecting the difference in disposal costs.

Should any business wish to receive advice on the best options for their trade waste disposal, one of our officers from waste services would be happy to provide advice and guidance to them or alternatively businesses could visit the Resource Efficient Scotland website for industry specific advice:

Tom Conn,

Executive councillor for the environment

West Lothian Council

Sir, – May I through your paper pass on my thanks to the couple who were kind enough to hand in the bag they found in Tesco’s car park last Friday morning. Their honest act just goes to show that Linlithgow lives up to it’s motto and is very kind to strangers.They did not leave their name so I am unable to pass on my thanks in person to them sadly, so I do hope they read this. – Yours etc.,

Carole Bathgate

Braehead Place


Sir, – We know that many people suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed to talk about their poo and yet constipation and other bowel worries affect millions of people.

We want the nation to be more open and willing to talk about their poo and to discuss health concerns as soon as they appear.

So we have formed a partnership with constipation brand Dulcolax to answer people’s bowel health questions and get everyone talking.

This month, we’re urging everyone to visit and submit the questions they’ve always been too embarrassed to ask.

Don’t worry, it’s anonymous, but we’ll put the most asked queries to our panel of health experts and update the site with practical tips and advice. Get in touch! Let’s get talking!

Unusual or unexpected changes in going to the loo should be discussed with your GP, as the earlier the diagnosis, the easier the treatment.

If you’re worried you can also contact us for advice and support – Yours etc.,

Mark Flannagan

CEO of Beating Bowel Cancer

Sir, – This week a pro-vivisection lobby group is staging what it calls an ‘open labs’ programme whereby students around the country have the chance of seeing an animal research lab.

But teachers and parents should be under no illusions about this initiative.

Carefully screened pupils (who must consent to a background check by a security agency, should it be deemed necessary) will be given a tightly restricted tour of an animal laboratory but they will emerge none the wiser about what really goes on there.

Monkeys being subjected to invasive brain surgery or mice having their necks broken will no doubt be strictly off limits.

The tours will probably be presented as a great feat of openness but this is seriously undermined by the secrecy clause in UK law that is used to prevent even the most basic information about animal experiments from being released.

Isobel Hutchinson

Campaigner Animal Aid