Waste col­lec­tion sys­tem is ‘mostly back on track’

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

AF­TER on­go­ing con­cerns from the com­mu­nity about the waste up­lift sched­ule for green and blue bins, The Oban

Times asked Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to con­firm its po­si­tion. The fol­low­ing is its re­sponse.

‘Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has in­tro­duced a new refuse and re­cy­cling ser­vice across the area – keep­ing re­cy­cling ser­vices as they are and mov­ing to a three-weekly sched­ule for gen­eral waste (green) bins.

‘Like all coun­cils, we have to change the way we do things be­cause of dras­ti­cally re­duced fund­ing, with £10 mil­lion of sav­ings this year alone.

‘At the same time, we have to re­duce the amount of waste that goes to land­fill be­cause we pay over £ 80 in tax for ev­ery tonne.

‘Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil is to­tally com­mit­ted to re­cy­cling, which is why we have pro­tected that part of the ser­vice. Re­cy­cling ar­range­ments will be stay­ing the same as they are now.

‘By tak­ing ad­van­tage of the re­cy­cling op­tions avail­able, peo­ple can save space in their green bin, save money for coun­cil ser­vices and save money for them­selves. By throw­ing away less food, peo­ple could save hun­dreds of pounds each year – money which is bet­ter in their pocket than in the bin.

‘The more we can work to­gether to re­cy­cle, the more money we can save.

‘ We can then pro­tect the ser­vices peo­ple have told us are im­por­tant to them, such as in­vest­ing in re­gen­er­a­tion projects, ed­u­cat­ing our young peo­ple, im­prov­ing our roads net­work and sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

‘We’d like to apologise to any­one who ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems with their bin col­lec­tion ser­vice over the fes­tive pe­riod. We are happy to say things are mostly back on track.

‘The new refuse and re­cy­cling ser­vice is be­ing de­liv­ered to 47,000 house­holds spread across 1,430 miles.

‘We would like to thank you for your pa­tience and for work­ing with us to in­crease re­cy­cling in Ar­gyll and Bute – help­ing to save money for ser­vices.

‘This is an ex­tremely busy time of year and the three-weekly col­lec­tion ser­vice is still in the early stages. As a re­sult, bins in some ar­eas were un­for­tu­nately missed. We worked hard to re­solve this and are happy to say things are now back on track, as per the cal­en­dars.

‘Some of the key points about the new ser­vice are:

‘ ❒ Ad­di­tional re­cy­cling bins will be avail­able free of charge;

‘ ❒ Routes are matched to the ca­pac­ity of in­di­vid­ual bin lor­ries;

‘ ❒ And the civic amenity sites have the ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date the new ser­vice model.

‘Ar­range­ments can be made for cer­tain house­holds to have a sec­ond green bin – where there are five or more peo­ple, where some­one has a med­i­cal con­di­tion that gen­er­ates waste or where fam­i­lies have chil­dren us­ing nap­pies and all other

re­cy­cling op­tions have been con­sid­ered

‘En­vi­ron­men­tal war­dens are avail­able to ad­vise on what can be re­cy­cled and how house­hold­ers can re­cy­cle more

‘ Waste and re­cy­clable ma­te­rial can be taken to any of the coun­cil’s civic amenity sites.’

In the mean­time, pub­lic anger over the three-weekly scheme shows lit­tle sign of abat­ing, with read­ers of The Oban Times con­tin­u­ing to com­ment neg­a­tively and send­ing in pic­tures of over­flow­ing bins and torn refuse sacks. On The Oban Times Face­book page there were nu­mer­ous com­ments added within the last week.

John DM Kerr wrote: ‘A re­duc­tion in ser­vice should mean a re­duc­tion in coun­cil tax oth­er­wise it’s theft.’

Daniel Cole­man agreed: ‘ They have the nerve to put up coun­cil tax for the hard­work­ing tax­payer. Yet cut all ser­vices that we pay it for.’

How­ever, a mi­nor­ity de­fended the coun­cil. Frances Thom posted: ‘What’s the prob­lem? Other coun­cils of­fer bins for pa­per/plas­tic, gar­den waste, glass, gen­eral waste and good scraps. Makes sense to me!’ And Colin Cooper said: ‘RE­DUCE waste­ful pack­ag­ing. RE­USE and up cy­cle. RE­CY­CLE if you can’t fol­low the pre­vi­ous steps.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion also at www. ar­gyll-bute/gov.uk/ bins. To re­quest ad­di­tional re­cy­cling bins, con­tact an en­vi­ron­men­tal war­den, or to re­quest a sec­ond gen­eral waste bin, call 01546 605514. ❚ Opin­ion: Martin Laing – page four. ❚ Letters – page eight.

Read­ers have been send­ing in pic­tures of over­flow­ing bins and ripped open refuse sacks from across Ar­gyll and Bute, in­clud­ing th­ese pho­to­graphs from Stephen Mearns in In­ver­arary.

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