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Disabled recycling jobs set to go

A drop is the price of recycled metal has been blamed

An Aberdeen recycling project which provided employment for people with disabilities will not reopen.

Aye Can employed up to 30 people recycling metal cans.

The project lost its grant amid council budget cuts last year, but secured a rescue package from the Scottish Government.

It was to have been run as a social enterprise by the Inspire charity. But a drop in the price of recycled metal was said to have made it unviable.

Inspire chief executive Catriona McPhee-Smith, said: "It is with great regret that Inspire are forced to withdraw from this worthwhile project.

"We have worked very hard for over a year now to bring this to fruition but due to a number of changes to the original project that were outwith our control, the project is no longer viable.

"We do, however, remain committed to supporting people with learning disabilities and look forward to working with partners in respect of new initiatives in the future."

Aberdeen Central Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald called on the Scottish Government to intervene.

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