Dump­ing fears are al­layed

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

CON­CERN that the new €2 re­cy­cling charge at He­witts­land bring cen­tre is lead­ing to more dump­ing were al­layed by Dis­trict Di­rec­tor Ea­monn Hore, who pointed out that even though the num­ber of vis­its to the cen­tres has falle sig­nif­i­cantly.

At last week’s New Ross Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict meet­ing, Cllr An­thony Con­nick pointed out that there were 202 cus­tomers on av­er­age per day be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber of 2016, com­pared to 116 be­tween the same pe­riod this year. The €2 charge was in­tor­duced in June 2017.

Mr Hore said there was not a big dif­fer­ence be­tween the ton­nage of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial col­lected in the fdirst nine months of 2016 (591 tonnes) and in the first nine months of this year (544 tonnes).

Cllr con­nick said: ‘It’s a fan­tas­tic ser­vice but it needs to be free.’

Cllr Martin Mur­phy said peo­ple used to brnig in re­cy­cling when­erv they were gong into town, but now they think twice and wait un­til they have a stock­pile of re­cy­clables be­fore mak­ing the jour­ney into He­witts­land to dis­card their boxes and news­pa­pers.

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