Three-weekly refuse collection 'a disgrace'

Argyll and Bute Council's decision to collect general refuse on a three-weekly basis has been met with anger from Bute residents.

Argyll and Bute Council's decision to collect general refuse on a three-weekly basis has been met with anger from Bute residents.

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Island residents have criticised the new three-weekly refuse collection on Bute which will commence as of October 3.

Jack McDonald has Multiple Sclerosis and is doubly incontinent. Jack has serious concerns about the situation he, and many others with similar health issues, will find themselves in when his rubbish is only uplifted once every three weeks.

“No-one’s happy about this three-week collection, but it occurred to me the other day that my incontinence pads will sit in a bin for three weeks,” Mr McDonald told The Buteman.

After speaking to a council official last week, he was advised he’d be allowed an additional bin to make use of. That, as Mr McDonald said, doesn’t help when the waste is still only uplifted every three weeks.

“You just can’t expect bodily waste to accumulate for three weeks. It’s completely disgraceful.

“I can get by, I’ve got the use of car and can take care of matters myself if need be, but what about elderly couples who are both incontinent? Or young people with children?

“There are young people on this island who need help in this way - should they have to suffer more indignity?

“It’s an absolute disgrace.”

Mr McDonald, who resides in Ascog, added: “When we put our bin out for collection it sits out on the shore, and quite often is blown over by the wind. Can you image how pleasant that’ll be when three weeks worth or waste is blown onto the road and pavement?”

A council spokesman said: “We sought public health advice from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) when we were thinking about a three-weekly model. They advised us and other councils that there should not be any increased risk to public health as long as the existing common sense standards are followed: wrapping waste and keeping the lid of your bin firmly closed.”

The decision to move to the three-weekly collection has come under heavy criticism from readers online.
Heather Summerbell on Facebook said: “Jumping from weekly straight to 3 weekly is ridiculous. We recycle everything possible and have 2 recycling bins but no way would one bin last 3 weeks.”

Pauline McCubbin commented: “ I can just imagine how busy my road will be with folk taking their own rubbish to the coup. Two weekly would have been bad enough but more acceptable.”

Michael Lumsden said: “Then come the rats.”

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