'Beside the bin is not in the bin,' says Thurso activist
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A community activist based in Thurso has taken umbrage to the piles of clothing that have been regularly accumulating at recycling bins in the town.
Alexander Glasgow reported the problem to Highland Council's waste management team when he saw bags stacked up at bins for clothing, textiles and shoes in the riverside car park.
"Beside the bin is not in the bin," he said. " If full, take it home. Anyone responsible is liable for an FPN [fixed penalty notice]."
While Mr Glasgow thought it was not the responsibility of Highland Council as the bins are operated by an independent charity, the council manages the car park and the bins are placed there as part of a contract with the local authority.
A council spokesperson said yesterday: "Our local operation team have confirmed that the excess bags have been removed. They have also contacted our textiles contractor and they are sending a driver today to empty the banks and are also going to arrange for them to be replaced with new ones in the next week or two."
"I report any such problems routinely, and have considerable success," said Mr Glasgow who can be contacted through his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/caithness.manifesto/