Fish and chip litter spoils Oban seafront

There have been calls for litterbins in Oban to be emptied nightly.

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Calls have been made for council waste bins in Oban town centre to be emptied more often after the seafront was left a state following the Bank Holiday weekend.

Oban Community Council has suggested a nightly lift during the tourism season to deal with the volume of discarded fish and chip litter.

It has been blamed on both overflowing bins and some bins not being large enough to contain the amount of fish and chip boxes generated by tourists.

Councillor Roddy McCuish told the meeting on Monday night he was ‘horrified’ by the mess he had seen earlier that morning.

Hard-working council street cleaners soon tidied it up and made the town ‘spick and span,’ again but more was needed to tackle rubbish left behind, he said.

Councillor McCuish said: ‘Every single bin was overflowing and the streets were strewn with boxes from our local fish and chip shops.

‘It’s great they are making money, I am absolutely delighted with that, but there has to be a certain amount of responsibility.

‘I am hoping myself and maybe some of the other councillors, along with amenity services, can find a better way of people disposing of their chip boxes.

‘It only is chip boxes because the letterbox litter bin doesn’t lend itself to them, they come out and we don’t get them all in.’

Member Neil MacIntyre said local takeaway businesses paid rates for the council to keep the streets clean. He said as a popular tourist town, it should not be a surprise that the bins soon fill up.

Mr MacIntyre said: ‘The situation about cleaning the town has gone on for years. We are a tourist town and everyone is out and about.

‘The bins are going to be filled more times than you can think. Surely there must be a way of getting a night lift from April to September?

‘Little things like that shouldn’t be that hard to do but it seems to be impossible here.’

Mr MacIntyre thanked the street cleaners but suggested council bosses needed to provide them with modern equipment to do the job.

‘We’ve talked and talked about cleaning up the town and we’ve still got the guys walking about with a couple of old barrows. It’s like Trigger from Del Boy and Rodney,’ said Mr MacIntyre.

‘We can’t expect thousands of people to come here every year and that’s our answer to keeping the town clean.

‘The town should be cleaned, hosed down every morning with extra runs right through the summer.’

Recently, the bins at Soroba were left overflowing again with the meeting being told that the scheme has 3,000-litres of extra capacity, although some bins just feet away stood empty.

‘The question is if they have 3,000-litres of over capacity why are the bins overflowing?’ asked Councillor McCuish.

‘I think a bit of responsibility has to go back to some people who are just dumping their rubbish.’

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council was asked if nightly collections could be made.

It said in a statement: ‘Bins are emptied frequently, but in good weather and on holidays they can fill up fast. When that is the case, people should take their litter away with them. In no circumstances is it acceptable to leave rubbish behind.’