Bins are a ‘disgrace’ across Oban

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Soroba’s rubbish bins were overflowing onto the streets again after the Christmas and New Year festivities, a week before they were due to be emptied by Agyll and Bute Council.

The local authority arranged an additional uplift on Thursday to clear the bulging bins and piles of black bags, some of which were spilling rubbish onto the streets.

A spokesperson said: ‘We appreciate the co-operation of residents and encourage those who use communal bins to make use of all the bins in their area, where possible.

‘Space is often available in bins that are not the nearest to their property and we are working with our partners at ACHA to provide more recycling facilities.’

Elsewhere in Oban, a resident of Stalcair Crescent in Glencruitten was forced to store bin bags in his kitchen for fear of attracting vermin to the overflowing bins outside, after council lorries failed to show up on Tuesday as expected.

‘This is not the first time this has happened,’ he said. ‘It is a disgrace. I do not know how people are getting away with this. I am paying council tax.’

And a 70-year-old resident of Lynn Gardens, Millpark, also criticised the lack of uplifts.

‘They said they will pick them up on the next collection. They are not coming until January 17 – they were last taken on December 20.

‘They are all filled with Christmas paper. What are we supposed to do?

‘Apparently, one of the bin lorries broke down. Have they not heard of private collections?

‘What happens if the wind picks up and [the bins] empty all over the place? This area will be covered in it. We have warned them and warned them and they are ignoring us.

‘It’s been a farce since day one.’

Oban North and Lorn councillor Julie McKenzie said on her social media page: ‘Due to lorry breakdowns over the festive period the uplift schedules are now 11 days behind. Because of this backlog, the decision was taken by local staff – correctly, I feel – to focus on the green bins being uplifted.

‘Rotting waste must be given priority, and due to the backlog there is neither resources nor manpower available to do blue and green bins. This means that you should take your blue bin in again as it will not be uplifted until its next collection date.’

Councillor McKenzie attached an image, which advised people to leave any excess recycling in bin bags and this will also be uplifted on the next collection date.