Bins back on track? Rub­bish!

The Oban Times - - News -

SO, THE waste col­lec­tion sys­tem is ‘mostly back on track’, ac­cord­ing to Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, as re­ported in The Oban Times last week. Re­ally? Who is the coun­cil kid­ding? Peo­ple are still com­plain­ing that their bins have not been emp­tied for up to six weeks and that they have no idea any more when – or if – their rub­bish will be col­lected.

The sit­u­a­tion across Argyll is still dire, and has been made worse by the fes­tive sea­son and the stormy weather. In fairness to the coun­cil, there’s not much it can do about ei­ther of those.

How­ever, gales, snow and rain ar­rive ev­ery win­ter and are about as pre­dictable as day fol­low­ing night. And Christ­mas, with its ac­com­pa­ny­ing surge in the amount of lit­ter to be re­moved, just hap­pens to come along at the same time each year.

We have been sent graphic il­lus­tra­tions by read­ers of the con­se­quences of the failed waste col­lec­tion sys­tem, with over­flow­ing bins blown over, scat­ter­ing rot­ting rub­bish ev­ery­where, and refuse sacks split open and caus­ing noi­some filth to be spread around our streets.

There is hon­estly only one so­lu­tion and I’ve urged its im­ple­men­ta­tion pre­vi­ously: scrap the three-weekly sys­tem and re­turn to fort­nightly gen­eral wheelie bin col­lec­tions.

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