Two local elected representatives have expressed concern about a growing problem with littering in some parts of Argyll and Bute after receiving complaints from constituents. The issue was also discussed at a recent meeting of Islay Community Council where it was reported that items like rubber gloves had been found dumped in ditches.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “It is always very disappointing to hear about littering and fly-tipping but doubly so in an area like Islay where residents take such an understandable pride in their environment.
“We also need to bear in mind that items like disposable gloves can pose a threat to livestock. As well as being profoundly antisocial, this kind of behaviour can be positively harmful.
“Those acting irresponsibly should remember that there can be serious consequences to their thoughtlessness.”
Councillor Alastair Redman (Kintyre and the Islands Ward) said he was dismayed by the litter he had seen for himself on Islay and by the reports he heard after attending a meeting of Islay Community Council by videolink.
He said: “The response to the coronavirus has seen our communities come together, take care of those most vulnerable and respect all those who have continued to work through the pandemic.
“It’s such a shame to see that spirit affronted by selfish actions like these.
“The Council is working hard to fully restore all our waste disposals and I implore everyone to have patience and dispose of their waste responsibly.”