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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.’