Seagulls strew litter in Soroba from overflowing bins

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Seagulls have been ransacking overflowing bins in Soroba again and leaving rubbish strewn across pavements.

Residents have been voicing their concerns about overflowing rubbish in Soroba’s communal bins since three-weekly collections were introduced.

Last year, Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) and Argyll and Bute Council teamed up to provide 12 extra bins for the area. However, even that does not seem to be helping.

After being contacted by residents, Soroba Community Centre went out to investigate the mess first hand.

The centre posted online: ‘We were appalled to have a walk round our scheme this evening and see the vast amount of rubbish strewn all over the area.

‘Seagulls were having a field day ripping open bags of rubbish left on the pavement and filling our pavements and roads with unsanitary waste.

‘Our recycling was uplifted this morning, but we found many bins filled with recyclable material – plastic bottles, tins, cardboard, milk cartons, glass bottles etc.

‘There are bins in places they should not be, not enough bins in certain areas, too many recycling bins in other areas that are being misused with household waste and therefore not emptied, mattresses left on pavements, and carpet ends in communal bins that should be disposed of by the owner.

‘The council have to be approached on how to rectify this awful situation, but residents have also to take responsibility for using the bins appropriately.’

After being shown photographs of the mess, an Argyll and Bute spokesperson said: ‘Much of the waste visible in the photo provided is recyclable.

‘We have increased the number of recycling and general waste bins in Soroba. If people were to make full use of what is available, and support our recycling efforts, as so many of our residents do, there would be enough capacity.

‘Our teams work hard to keep our communities free of waste but everyone needs to play a part.

‘Like all councils, we have had to change the way we do things because of financial challenges. We need to cut the amount of waste that goes to landfill because it costs over £70 in tax for every tonne. We also have Scottish Government targets to meet for our recycling rates.’