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Second island bin handout planned
Child in compost bin
The Scottish Executive is behind efforts to increase composting
A council is applying for more compost bins to give away after a previous free offer caused hours of traffic congestion.

Hundreds of residents brought a main road on Lewis to a standstill for almost three hours as they queued to get a council bin.

Western Isles Council officials closed down last month's distribution early because of "public safety fears".

They are now talking to the Scottish Executive about getting more bins.

A council spokesman confirmed discussions were under way with the executive, which sponsored the previous offer.

Last month's bin handout took place at the same time as the Stornoway half-marathon, with attracted more than 130 runners.

Three-bin ration

The executive initiative involved the local authority giving away up to three free plastic compost bins per family at the Creed Park Environmental Centre, outside Stornoway.

The bins, made from recycled material, were part of a green scheme to increase recycling on the island.

But even before the centre opened at 1000 there were queues stretching miles in both directions.

Police admitted they were "staggered" at the response to the free bins, an offer which was open to any resident on Lewis.

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