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Orkney Islands Council left with extra wheelie bins worth £188,000

Orkney bins
Image caption The council is looking at other possible uses for the bins

Councillors in Orkney are demanding an investigation after being left with thousands of extra wheelie bins worth more than £180,000 for a new waste disposal scheme.

The bins have been issued to more than 9,000 households over the past two years.

Orkney Islands Council has been left with 9,500 spares, worth £188,000.

The authority is looking at possible uses for the bins but admitted it was not an ideal situation.

A spokesman said that "in hindsight some of the planning assumptions that had underpinned the project had resulted in some unforeseen outcomes".

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