RECYCLE DEPOT’S FIVE-DAY CLOSURE
Hundreds turned away as a machine fault shuts centre
BRAY RECYCLING CENTRE closed its doors for a number of days due to a major machine fault at the facility.
Hundreds of people who arrived at the centre over Friday evening, Saturday and Monday were forced to turn back and many were frustrated by the unavoidable closure.
Staff kept the centre open as long as they could on Friday before they reached capacity and could take in no more materials.
A number of instances of illegal dumping at the centre during the closure have been reported to the authorities and a spokesman said that the perpetrators will be identified using CCTV and fines will be issued.
With a part having been ordered from Germany, the facility is expected to reopen today ( Wednesday).
Hundreds of frustrated members of the public have arrived at Bray Recycling Centre in recent days only to discover the facility has been closed.
The facility closed on Friday due to a major machinery failure, with the public diverted to other centres at Wicklow, Arlow, Avoca and Rampere. The Shanganagh centre was too small to take the influx.
At the time of going to press, staff understood that it would be up and running again today ( Wednesday), however, that was not certain. For up to the minute information, go to the Bray Recycling Centre Facebook page, or call Daryl Tighe on (087) 2585325.
The machine failure happened on Friday at around 3.30 p.m. The conveyor belt runs on tracks and the wheels came off due to wear and tear. The machine has been there since 2006 and this is the first time an incident of this nature occurred. As material continued to be loaded on the belt, debris got caught up in another piece of metal and damaged the workings. Engineers took the machine apart completely on Saturday and a part was ordered from Germany. Staff kept the centre and adjacent charity shop open as long as they could until the 100 cages were filled with materials for recycling and the centre was full to capacity. 2,000 to 3,000 cars per week come to the centre, as well as up to 200 business users. Staff continued to work at the centre, carrying out other duties and training.
There have been a number of incidents of illegal dumping in the period since the closure. Fines will be issued, according to a spokesman for the centre, which has high definition cameras.
Bray Recycling Centre closed due to machinery failure