The Oban Times & West High­land Times

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

It’s hard not to keep bang­ing on about the state of play with waste and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions around Oban. This week Soroba res­i­dents have again been in touch with the paper, and we also heard from Ler­ags res­i­dents who are get­ting fed-up with the state of play.

The prob­lem, in part, seems to be that the coun­cil has ap­par­ently re­duced the size of the lor­ries be­ing used while the amount of rub­bish hav­ing to be col­lected has in­creased, given that bins are fuller due to col­lec­tions now hap­pen­ing ev­ery three weeks.

All credit to the bin men who are deal­ing with the is­sue day in day out, and fair play to the coun­cil which is strug- gling to meet de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions with lit­tle cash in the bud­get. But there has to be a bet­ter way to make this work.

Change is never easy, and a grad­ual move would have made more sense. Why re­duce the size of the lor­ries at the start of the changes? Peo­ple need to get used to re­cy­cling more – it was never go­ing to hap­pen overnight.

Also, put the larger lor­ries on to cover the more densely pop­u­lated areas, such as Soroba.

Maybe we should take a leaf out of Nor­way’s book. It ap­pears to have taken waste man­age­ment to a new level, and is in­creas­ing its re­cy­cling. Food for thought?

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