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Bin concerns lead to warning from Aberdeenshire Council

By David Porter

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Repeated incidents in communities across the north-east of public recycling bins, including glass and litter ones being filled and excess material being dumped next to them have led to Aberdeenshire Council making a public statement on the issue.

A spokesman said: "We’ve received a number of concerns from Aberdeenshire residents on overflowing glass, litter, and dog waste bins.

"We thank you for looking out for your communities by raising these concerns with us.

"Glass recycling bins at supermarkets are still being emptied.

"However, due to Covid-related staff shortages, we are struggling to keep up with these collections.

"We understand an overflowing bin can be unsightly, and we are doing our absolute best to ensure these bins are emptied as frequently as possible.

"To prevent unnecessary risk, please do not leave your glass outside the bins if they are full.

"A pile-up of glass can prevent our vehicles from accessing the bins.

"This can also be hazardous to people and pets if the glass breaks."

On the issue of dog waste bins he said: "Unfortunately, we have had to reduce our collection of dog waste bins in favour of other key services.

"Our staff are working across the council to accommodate shortages and ensure we are delivering key services.

"Nonetheless, we do not have the capacity to be everywhere at once.

"Although we are doing our best to empty dog waste bins, we kindly ask that you take your dog waste bags home with you where possible to avoid overflowing."

He continued; "The same applies to litter bins in parks and open spaces.

"Currently, we do not have the ability to empty these bins on a regular basis.

"If you see an overflowing litter bin, please do not leave your rubbish on top or try to squeeze it inside.

""We’ve also noticed the bins on school grounds are being used by people exercising in these areas.

"With schools currently closed, these bins are not being emptied regularly.

"Please take your litter home with you and dispose of it responsibly.

Concluding he said: "Remember, these changes are not permanent.

"As we said at the beginning, some compromises will need to be made while the restrictions are in place.

"We’re endlessly grateful for all the praise and support we’ve received for our frontline staff, and this encouragement has helped us persist with the delivery of our key services.

"Thank you once again for your continued patience and cooperation."

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