Waste col­lec­tion arouses pas­sions

The Oban Times - - News -

WASTE col­lec­tion ser­vices arouse more pas­sions than al­most any other sub­ject, as has been ev­i­denced in re­cent months af­ter Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil an­nounced it was mov­ing to three-weekly bin up­lifts.

Then last week, the coun­cil ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems with its bin lor­ries, which re­sulted in many peo­ple not have their bins emp­tied at the ex­pected time.

It also prompted com­ments on The Oban Times Face­book page af­ter we pub­lished the story on our dig­i­tal plat­forms.

One such com­ment struck a chord with me. Rita Hargey made a hugely valid point when she lamented the fail­ure to empty the bins in Glen­cruit­ten Court.

Rita pointed out that there are many dis­abled peo­ple in that area of Oban and they ex­pe­ri­ence ad­di­tional prob­lems be­cause of the difficulty in ne­go­ti­at­ing their way around the bins in their wheel­chairs. Well said, Rita. On a foot­note, while peo­ple in Ar­gyll and Bute are un­der­stand­ably con­cerned about the changes to waste col­lec­tions, spare a thought for res­i­dents of neigh­bour­ing Stir­ling Coun­cil area. They have also had changes to waste col­lec­tions this year and now must man­age a sys­tem that in­volves four wheelie bins and one re­cy­cling box, with dif­fer­ent up­lift days and sched­ul­ing for each of the dif­fer­ent bins and box.

You need a colour-coded spread­sheet on the kitchen wall to re­mem­ber which bin to put out in which week and what day – never mind find­ing space for all those bins.

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