Over­flow­ing bins in Soroba are blasted

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

OVER­FLOW­ING bins are yet again caus­ing prob­lems in Soroba – one week af­ter they were emp­tied.

Last week The Oban Times re­ported a build-up of bags out­side com­mu­nal bins in Scal­pay and Colon­say Ter­race. How­ever, shortly af­ter they were emp­tied, the bins were once again full and sur­rounded by mounds of rub­bish.

Af­ter pub­lish­ing a pho­to­graph on Face­book, The Oban Times re­ceived an in­flux of com­ments.

Brid­get Buick said: ‘They emp­tied the bins yes­ter­day and just left all the rub­bish sit­ting there.’

Caro­line Tol­lan said: ‘I was up there right af­ter the bins were emp­tied and they left all the black bags be­hind; where’s the logic in that?’

David MacLen­nan said: ‘If the coun­cil just fired up an­other cou­ple of big bins it would help the prob­lem.’ And He­len Reid agreed, say­ing: ‘That would make a dif­fer­ence.’

TJ Telfer said: ‘I’ve wit­nessed the bins up Soroba get­ting filled with old beds, prams and other large ob­jects that fill the bin with no room for the do­mes­tic waste.

‘Those large ob­jects should get dis­posed of some other way. Don’t know if any­one agrees.’

Ash­ley Strang said: ‘Plenty peo­ple re­cy­cle. Not enough bins or col­lec­tion days. Not so nice when there are young kids out play­ing near this. Dis­gust­ing.’

James Strang said: ‘Wait un­til the fur­ther cuts come in this is just the be­gin­ning.’

Diane Maxwell Graham Kirkham said: ‘There’s only one blue bin for three blocks of flats. That’s 24 houses to use one blue bin.’

Danielle Hay-West said: ‘Just wait till Christ­mas...it will be twice as high with pack­ag­ing.’

A spokesper­son for Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil said: ‘Like all coun­cils, we have had to change the way we do things be­cause of the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges we all face.

‘We need to cut the amount of waste that goes to land­fill be­cause it costs more than £70 in tax for ev­ery tonne. We also have Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment tar­gets to meet for our re­cy­cling rates.

‘This change has led to an in­crease in the amount of waste be­ing re­cy­cled and we’d like to thank peo­ple for sup­port­ing the ef­forts to re­duce waste and re­cy­cle more.

‘We are aware of the prob­lems be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in ar­eas of Soroba that use com­mu­nal bins and are con­tin­u­ing to work with our part­ners at ACHA to pro­vide more re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties.

‘We have been col­lect­ing gen­eral waste more of­ten as a re­sult of res­i­dents’ con­cerns. A re­cent ad­di­tional col­lec­tion was late which led to ad­di­tional waste build­ing up. We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused by this. We’d like to en­cour­age those who use com­mu­nal bins to make use of all the bins avail­able in their area where pos­si­ble as space is of­ten avail­able in bins that are not the near­est to their prop­erty.’

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