Black mark for Mallow’s civic amenity site visits
One of the county’s largest towns is the worst when it comes to using local authority-run civic amenity sites in Cork county.
Cork County Council operates a total of 11 sites, throughout its three main administration divisions, which include recycling and waste disposal services.
However, Mallow, the administrative centre of North Cork, had the least number of recorded visits last year.
Kanturk, nearby, had the second least number of visitors.
Some county councillors were shocked by the low recordings. Some elected representatives expressed surprise as illegal dumping in the North Cork region remains a huge problem.
Complaints to the local authority about littering are already on a par for the first six months of this year as they were for the whole of 2016.
Up to the end of June, the county council received 1,017 complaints about fly-tipping and general illegal dumping. The number of complaints were just 76 less than the total for all of 2016.
Figures from visits to the civic amenity facilities in Mallow last year point to 9,544 recorded visits.
On the other hand, the Rafeen recycling and waste disposal centre near Monkstown in South Cork topped 50,275 visits.
The average number of daily weekday visitors to the Mallow site was 57 while the average increased slightly to 71 on Saturdays. By comparison, there were 147 visitors on average each weekday to the Rafeen site and increasing, on average, to 273 on Saturdays.
The second site was in Macroom with 34,036 visitors last year while Clonakilty was next with 31,873 recorded visits. In fourth place was Bandon with 29,291 visits followed by Rossmore, near Carrigtwohill, at 26,538.
The council also operates sites at Derryconnell near Schull, Skibbereen, Castletownbere and Millstreet.