North-east wheelchair user calls for shorter bins after error

Luisa Sutherland, of Westhill, has complained about the design of wheelie bins for wheelchair users.

A North-east woman who uses a wheelchair has called for shorter bins for residents.

Luisa Sutherland, from Westhill, claims she was forced to keep smelly rubbish in her house for days after a mistake with her collection, and says the new recycling wheelie bins are harder to use than the black boxes and bags previously used.

The 42-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis, finds it difficult to reach the tops of the lidded bins.

Last week her bins were brought back up to her garden gate but her recycling bin was left facing the wrong way, meaning she could not move it herself.

“All I’m asking for is a bit of consideration,” she said.

Luisa added: “I know someone who lives in Wales, who is also in a wheelchair, who has sent me photos of his shorter bin.

“I don’t see why we can’t get something like that up here.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “We will also arrange for a community waste officer to visit the lady to reassess the situation and work with her to try finding a suitable solution.”