DUMBARTON'S MSP has said shown her disappointment as recycling targets in West Dunbartonshire are being missed.

The most recent household recycling target was set for 60 per cent of household waste to be recycled by 2020, but West Dunbartonshire Council failed to meet this target, recycling only 44.8 per cent.

Nationally, the figure was 44.9 per cent - a shortfall of 15.1 per cent.

World leaders are due to arrive in Glasgow for COP26 at the end of the month to discuss what can be done to climate change, and the Dumbarton MSP has insisted that more most be done on a local and national level.

Jackie Baillie MSP said: “The SNP government must get a grip of its embarrassing record on recycling and stop building large-scale incinerators. Both Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire Councils must do far more to ensure that households can recycle quickly and easily.

"I know that kerbside glass recycling is something that local people in West Dunbartonshire would be keen for and it is the council’s responsibility to listen and act on the needs of local communities.

“The climate emergency is real, and households should be getting more support to access recycling facilities and reduce their waste.

“Scotland’s recycling rates are going in the wrong direction and with COP26 approaching the SNP should be embarrassed.

“Scottish Labour would slam the brakes on more incinerators being built, that’s why we have urged SNP and Green ministers to back a moratorium and work with us to reduce waste, boost recycling and make Scotland a world-leader on a circular economy.”

A WDC spokesperson said: “We remain committed to improving recycling rates and minimising waste, and continue to work towards Zero Waste Scotland’s national plan with the aim of recycling 70 per cent of waste and sending only 5 per cent to landfill by 2025.

"In addition to providing fortnightly kerbside recycling collections for our residents, we operate recycling centres in Old Kilpatrick and Dumbarton providing further opportunities for recycling.

"We also have 128 recycle points in neighbourhoods across West Dunbartonshire for the collection of glass, clothes, textiles, shoes, books and DVDs, and educate residents via our website and social media channels as well as promoting recycling initiatives.”