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Jimmy the Seagull is the face of a new ‘bin it wisely’ poster campaign on Soroba.
Posters featuring Jimmy and funded by Soroba Community Enterprise Ltd are going up on big bins around the estate urging residents not to over stuff them.
Jimmy warns that if his advice is ignored then they face an invasion of his feathered friends.
He says: ‘Gonna no dae that! See if you don’t shut they bin lids properly me and ma pals are gonnae spread yer rubbish aw over the place.’
And he goes on: ‘Same if you leave yer bags beside the bins.
‘If they’re full take them tae the next ones. Thanks.’
Screaming seagulls scavenging in overflowing bins are waking up the neighbourhood.
The posters, designed for the community enterprise group by co-opted Oban community councillor Laura Corbe, were discussed at the last community council meeting.
Some residents have been demanding more bins are needed to stop rubbish spilling out onto the streets, but Marri Malloy who chairs both Soroba Community Enterprise Ltd and the community council says they have plenty.
‘People are shouting they need more bins but I’m saying the capacity to cope is there if they are used properly. There’s plenty of room, people just can’t be bothered to walk to the bins further along. They’re coming straight out of their close and cramming their rubbish into the nearest one.
On Scalpay Terrace there are 16 general waste bins and when The Oban Times met Marri two of them were crammed with rubbish so much the lids were gaping open while the majority were totally empty and only a few had bags in.
‘I’ve been up checking the bins regularly and the space is definitely there and the recycling bins are used too. There is no need for any of the bins to be so full that the lids can’t shut. It literally leaves it open for the seagulls to come and have a field day and make even more of a mess.
‘It’s not hygienic and it’s not fair on the residents who keep their places beautiful,’ said Marri.
‘We hope the posters will grab people’s attention and encourage them to take ownership of their litter and bin it properly. Sending children down with bags isn’t going to work because they can’t all reach up to the bins and the lids can be heavy. Bags shouldn’t be left at the side of them.’
John Hutchison who has lived in Soroba for 30 years says it’s ‘ a nightmare’ being woken by seagulls under his window tearing at rubbish.
‘They’re just hell-bent on getting at it if the lids are open or bags are left out,’ he said.
Oban councillor Roddy McCuish is so taken by the poster idea that he has suggested they should be rolled out across the town and go up on commercial bins to get the same ‘keep it tidy’ message across.
‘Jimmy the Seagull posters are a fantastic idea. I’m 100 per cent supportive and I’d like to see them rolled out across the town,’ he said.