Bins are trash­ing BofA rep­u­ta­tion

Reg­u­lar eye­sore in streets putting off vis­i­tors

Stirling Observer - - INTIMATIONS - Alas­tair McNeill

Over­flow­ing bins left out in Bridge of Al­lan are reg­u­larly cre­at­ing an eye­sore, ac­cord­ing to one of the town’s coun­cil­lors.

And busi­ness own­ers be­lieve it is un­der­min­ing all the hard work car­ried out to make the town a great place to visit and shop.

Coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Dodds said the bins prob­lem is par­tic­u­larly bad in Hen­der­son Street.

He pointed out that it of­ten stems from some res­i­dents and busi­nesses fail­ing to take their bins in quickly after rub­bish has been up­lifted by bin lor­ries.

The Dun­blane and Bridge of Al­lan coun­cil­lor ex­plained: “Bins are reg­u­larly be­ing left ly­ing out­side their premises.

“Peo­ple walk­ing in the street with take­aways see the bins and put their con­tain­ers, some still with food in them, in the bins. How­ever, they’re the wrong ma­te­rial for that par­tic­u­lar bin.

“Once con­tam­i­nated in this way the bins will not be up­lifted by coun­cil bin men. They can be left for weeks at a time.

“The only way they will be un­plifted is by mak­ing a call to Stir­ling Coun­cil waste ser­vices.

“It re­ally spoils the look of the town but it’s not just Bridge of Al­lan. I’d say it’s a com­mon prob­lem across the Stir­ling Coun­cil area, par­tic­u­larly Stir­ling city it­self.”

Gavin Bechelli from the Al­lan Wa­ter Cafe in Hen­der­son Street said: “We use a pri­vate con­trac­tor to take away our waste.

“How­ever, you do no­tice bins be­ing left out­side in the street for a long time.

“It’s per­haps the last thing you ex­pect to see in a beau­ti­ful town like Bridge of Al­lan.

“A lot of work has been car­ried out to bring vis­i­tors to the town. It’s dis­ap­point­ing to see un­sightly, over­flow­ing bins which un­der­mine all that ef­fort.”

A Stir­ling Coun­cil spokesper­son in­sisted that in­ci­dents where bins are not up­lifted “are ex­tremely rare”.

He added: “We would en­cour­age res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to do the right thing and use the many street lit­ter bins pro­vided for their per­sonal waste.

“We would also rec­om­mend that res­i­dents and busi­ness take in their bins when they are not due for col­lec­tion to re­duce the chance for passers-by to use them.

“Ul­ti­mately con­tam­i­na­tion is an is­sue that is bad for the en­vi­ron­ment and costs tax­pay­ers money.

“If the wrong ma­te­rial is placed within an in­ap­pro­pri­ate bin then this can lead to a full load of re­cy­cling waste end­ing up in land­fill. That’s some­thing no­body wishes to see.

“If res­i­dents feel that they are hav­ing an is­sue with peo­ple us­ing their bins in­ap­pro­pri­ately then they can get in touch with the coun­cil to high­light this.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.