RE­CY­CLE DE­POT’S FIVE-DAY CLO­SURE

Hun­dreds turned away as a ma­chine fault shuts cen­tre

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOGARTY

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

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