Comhairle nan Eilean Siar [Western Isles Council] has seen the light and scrapped the community skips. Dotted all over the islands, the green skips are available for people to dump their waste into; whether it be defunct household appliances, metal, wood - it was always there. The scrapping of this service will backfire spectacularly, because the uplift from people’s homes costs £20 for up to 5 items. Knowing the economic hardship, suffered by many islanders, we can duly expect an increase in fly-tipping.
The excuse, for excuse it is, is that the skips are a hazard for
children who may be injured when they play in the skips. That is
something I find less than likely; the aperture for putting stuff into
the skips stands 4 feet off the ground. The reason that refuse workers
may get injured through handling the contents of the skips can only be
met with scorn.