Bins: council says refuse difficulties are improving thanks to recycling
ANGER about the lack of pick-ups for domestic waste are starting to calm down and recycling is becoming the focus of attention from the local authority.
While some people have waited longer to have waste collected, others say the system is flawed from the outset as people are bagging the wrong rubbish in the wrong bins.
Reader Andy Elkerton claimed the council was having problems with its recycling. He said: ‘Guess which council are having to spend even more money because the recycled waste they have collected is being sent back to them by the recycling plant?
‘ Why is it being sent back? Because it’s contaminated!
‘Why is it contaminated? Because people have been disposing of general waste in their recycled waste wheelie bins, now that our beloved council have decided to collect rubbish as little as they can possibly manage.’
Reader Dale Robertson called for a review of the council’s budget. He said: ‘ Time we were given breakdown of council tax so can decide what to cut. And it won’t be refuse collection.’ Hamish Kirk, on The Oban
Times Facebook page, said: ‘Fire the man who thought of the three-weekly rubbish collection. And deselect the councillors who approved it.’
Last week, in an apologetic statement, a spokesman for Argyll and Bute Council said: ‘Argyll and Bute Council is totally committed to recycling, which is why we have protected that part of the service.
‘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.’
Your green bin is for general rubbish and is emptied every three weeks.
Please use your green bin for all the general rubbish that cannot be recycled. Include: nappies; cling film, bubble wrap, or food contaminated plastics; non-recyclable plastics; polystyrene packing; items that can’t be recycled.
Your blue bin is for paper, card, cans and plastic and is emptied every two weeks.
Please rinse cans, cartons and plastics. Include: food, drink and aerosol cans; clean plastic drinks, detergent or cosmetic bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays; paper, newspaper, brochures, magazines, envelopes, phone books; food packaging cardboard / packaging; cereal boxes; egg boxes; cardboard boxes / packaging; drinks cartons / Tetrapaks.
Waste to go: the bins are emptied on the Isle of Luing on Tuesday.