Let’s cut the coun­cil some slack

The Oban Times - - News -

BINS. It’s a dirty word in Ar­gyll and Bute.

There have been count­less com­plaints in re­cent times about the waste col­lec­tion ser­vice, es­pe­cially with the move to three-weekly up­lifts of gen­eral rub­bish.

The coun­cil’s de­fence is that we must try to send less to land­fill be­cause it’s pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive to do so and we all need to re­cy­cle more.

I’m well aware of that but still agree with the crit­ics who say hav­ing gen­eral waste bins emp­tied only every three weeks is not enough. En­cour­ag­ing bet­ter re­cy­cling is ad­mirable and would re­duce the land­fill bur­den but I still believe we should re­turn to fort­nightly col­lec­tions. How­ever, matters were made worse a few weeks ago after bins weren’t emp­tied in a num­ber of ar­eas be­cause of prob­lems with the coun­cil’s fleet of ve­hi­cles.

Then, as we re­port this week, there have been even more moans after garbage was scat­tered about the Soroba area when full wheelie bins were blown over by gust­ing winds after they would pre­vi­ously have been emp­tied.

I un­der­stand fully res­i­dents’ frus­tra­tions over waste col­lec­tions but, in this in­stance, I ac­tu­ally have some sym­pa­thy with the coun­cil.

The ma­jor fire at the Mill­park de­pot re­cently de­stroyed the keys to bin lor­ries, which was be­yond the coun­cil’s con­trol. The lo­cal au­thor­ity did its best to re­di­rect ve­hi­cles from else­where in the re­gion but, in­evitably, there was fall- out from the dam­age cause by the blaze.

It will take time to re­turn to nor­mal so – and I find this hard to say – but let’s cut the coun­cil a lit­tle slack this time.

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