Last of the region’s red bins is put out

They have been a familiar sight across South Ayrshire for a generation, but time has finally been called on the humble red bin.

Introduced in the 1980s to encourage people to dispose of dog waste responsibly, the last new unit was installed at Greenan Shore, Ayr.

The move marks the end of an era for pet owners but also highlights a shift in the way people think about looking after their dogs. Five years ago, the Council introduced its ‘Respect South Ayrshire’ campaign on dog fouling which encouraged people to dispose of dog waste in domestic green bins, general black bins, or red dog bins.

The campaign has been well received and today everyone knows to ‘bag it and bin it’ meaning the dedicated red bin campaign has served its purpose. From now on red bins will be replaced with larger black bins, which have greater capacity and are easier to manage.

John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for sustainability and environment, said the time was right to make a change, “While they really helped to get the message across about responsible dog ownership, the red bins are more expensive to buy and less reliable. After today any worn out or damaged red bins will be replaced with a general black litter and waste bin.”