A woman in Edinburgh, Scotland says she would rather re-home her rabbits than deliver bags of their excess hay and droppings to the local rubbish tip. Jackie Macadam, who claims to be an animal lover, says her city council’s refusal to give her a larger disposal bin is forcing her to get rid of her pet rabbits. Here are highlights of the report as published at scotsman.com.
Jackie Macadam claims the bags of straw used by her rabbits, Dax, Kira, Kes, Dallas and Maddison, is more than will fit in her green bin.
She has asked for a larger bin but claims she was turned down as she “doesn’t have four children”. Council officials said that they are under no obligation to provide bigger bins for pet waste.
The 53-year-old also asked if the binmen would take extra waste but was told they would not.
After her husband tried to cram all their rubbish into one bin they received a letter saying her bin would not be collected at all if it was overfilled.
Now Jackie says she is out of options and is looking to re-home her rabbits.
She said: “I try to keep the rabbits clean so I guess I produce about three black bags a week.
“It’s just hay and sawdust but because it’s animal waste I can’t put it in the brown garden waste bin so it has to go in the green bin.
“We recycle everything we can – plastic, glass, tin cans, soft drinks cans, but there is just not the room for the black bags.”
Jackie said the problem started when the council changed to fortnightly rubbish collections.
She initially got by because the house next door was vacant and she was able to deposit the extra bin bags in its wheelie bin.
However, the house is now occupied.
Jackie, who has had the rabbits for 18 months, says she does not want to take the additional waste to a tip because it “defeated the object” of recycling by having to drive somewhere to deposit it.
To read the complete report, please visit: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/top-stories/owner-to-give-up-rabbits-as-green-bin-too-small-1-2822001
Hoppington Post wonders whether Jackie Macadam is deliberately trying to stir up publicity or is dealing with more serious issues. We can see several solutions to her problem, the best of which would be for her to compost the waste material in a garden. We have personally dealt with this issue, having once had four rabbits, and we would never think of getting rid of the bunnies we love because of such a minor inconvenience.
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