New recycling initiative launched

A NEW INITIATIVE aimed at encouraging people to recycle more was launched at the Dunmore Amenity and Waste Disposal Site.

A NEW INITIATIVE aimed at encouraging people to recycle more was launched at the Dunmore Amenity and Waste Disposal Site.

Under the new initiative over 20,000 brochures will be distributed to households around the city and county over the coming weeks.

Director of Services for the Environment and Water Services, Philip O’Neill said: “The purpose of the leaflet is two fold: to provide the public with detailed information on recycling facilities and to encourage as many people as possible to use the facilities. The site in Dunmore is one of our biggest success stories with 25,000 car visits a year and it is the cheapest way to recycle and to dispose of your waste,” he said.

Kilkenny County Council are determined to keep recycling top of people’s agendas and to reduce illegal dumping. “We want to increase the amount of car visits to Dunmore by 10,000 over the coming 12 months. We are leading the way and hope to improve our recycling facilities even further around the county. We have already spent one million euro on enforcement and waste disposal this year. Annually we get around 1,500 environmental complaints and over half of those relate to illegal dumping and littering,” he said.

Environmental Awareness Officer, Bernadette Moloney pointed out that there are also waste disposal facilities at the Dunmore site. “ Besides the various skips for visitors to segregate their recyclables, two new bays have been installed over the last 18 months to cater for bulky refuse waste. Cars with trailers can have ample space to pull in beside the waste compactors with friendly staff always close by to assist customers with unloading,” she said.

Chairman of Kilkenny County Council, Paul Cuddihy said that he had been in contact with the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan in relation to ‘naming and shaming’ litter bugs. “Illegal dumping is costing us money whoich we don’t have to spare. People are sick to death of people polluting laneways and the countryside. I am going to try and get the Minister to introduce measures where we can name and shame people who receive on-the-spot fines and I would be calling for far more serious fines to be imposed on those who end up in court. It is my belief that those who are repeat offenders should have the fine multiplied ten fold to stamp out this dirty habit,” he added. For more information on recycling and waste disposal facilities see www.kilkennycoco.ie