Eight-year-old is sav­ing the world ‘one bot­tle at a time’

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

AN EIGHT-YEAR- OLD boy from Soroba is do­ing his part to tackle Oban’s rub­bish prob­lem.

Ryan Cain has come up with a so­lu­tion to re­duce the amount of clear glass placed in the com­mu­nal bins - and make some money for him­self at the same time.

The Colon­say Ter­race young­ster col­lects glass from his neigh­bours and takes it to be re­cy­cled at Tesco ev­ery week.

He cre­ated a num­ber of hand­made leaflets, and posted them through his neigh­bours’ doors, which read: ‘Do you have clean glass for re­cy­cling? Help the planet. I would like to col­lect it from you for 50p. I can come round ev­ery Thurs­day.’

Ryan, who now has 10 ‘clients’, told The Oban Times: ‘I do it to save the world one bot­tle at a time.’

He is cur­rently sav­ing any money he makes for his hol­i­day to Turkey in July.

Ryan’s mum, Diane Maxwell, helps him with his rounds. She en­sures that he doesn’t touch the glass un­til he is plac­ing it into the re­cy­cling bins - af­ter she has checked it.

She said: ‘He just de­cided to make the poster and went round the closes. He was do­ing lit­ter and stuff in school.

‘He said he wanted to do it, but I didn’t want him to go to strangers’ doors.

‘I think it is amaz­ing. I think more peo­ple should do it. If more adults did, it would be brilliant.

‘There is a wee boy in Seil do­ing it as well. All it takes is for the chil­dren to do it and the gen­er­a­tion to come will fol­low.’

There have been a num­ber of is­sues with over­flow­ing rub­bish and even rats in Soroba since Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil moved from a fort­nightly bin up­lift to a three-weekly col­lec­tion in Novem­ber last year.

With no space left, espe­cially in com­mu­nal bins, some res­i­dents have con­tam­i­nated the blue re­cy­cling bins with gen­eral waste.

Diane added: ‘I don’t go near the doors. He goes and chaps them. He does not touch the glass apart from putting it in the bin af­ter I’ve checked it. He chaps the doors and speaks to the neigh­bours, but I come be­hind him and put it in the car for him.’

Alas­tair MacGre­gor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Association (ACHA), said: ‘This is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of ini­tia­tive from some­one so young. Not only do we see a de­gree of en­ter­prise but a con­scious at­tempt to pos­i­tively re­cy­cle for the fu­ture.

‘ACHA con­grat­u­lates Ryan on his en­deav­our.’

Ryan Cain has been re­cy­cling ... and mak­ing some hol­i­day money for him­self on the side.

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