Bon­fire con­cerns lead to in­no­va­tive waste ex­er­cise


The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By DÓ­NAL NOLAN

CON­CERNS over bon­fires rag­ing out of con­trol at Hal­loween sparked an in­no­va­tive cam­paign see­ing large house­hold waste items binned and taken out of cir­cu­la­tion as pos­si­ble bon­fire fuel.

The pi­lot bulky waste re­cy­cling sch­ene saw res­i­dents of the Mar­coni Av­enue in Bally­bunion get­ting rid of large un­wanted items from fur­ni­ture to ap­pli­ances in the course of a sin­gle day last week.

Kerry County Coun­cil fa­cil­i­tated the event and re­ported a sig­nif­i­cant up­take among res­i­dents - with two 40 cu­bic yard con­tain­ers largely filled.

“Res­i­dents of the Mar­coni Av­enue area in Bally­bunion par­tic­i­pated in a pi­lot bulky waste re­cy­cling event re­cently where they were in­vited to dis­pose of bulky house­hold goods in a waste con­tainer pro­vided by Kerry County Coun­cil. The ini­tia­tive was or­gan­ised to help house­hold­ers get rid of large waste items in an en­vi­ron­men­tally safe man­ner and to raise aware­ness about the haz­ards of bulky house­hold waste be­ing used as fuel for bon­fires over the Hal­loween pe­riod,” a spokesper­son for the County Coun­cil said.

The event was held on the back of con­cerns over the in­creas­ingly large Hal­loween bon­fires wit­nessed in the es­tate.

“In 2016, Mar­coni Av­enue was one of many hous­ing es­tates in Kerry where a bon­fire cel­e­brat­ing Hal­loween was held,” Kerry County Coun­cil said.

“Con­cerned res­i­dents of the es­tate con­tacted Kerry County Coun­cil to see if there was any­thing that could be done to pre­vent fu­ture bon­fires dur­ing which large waste items were set alight. The En­vi­ron­ment Sec­tion of the coun­cil suc­cess­fully se­cured fund­ing in Sep- tem­ber from the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment to host a Bulky Waste Col­lec­tion event un­der Phase II of the Anti-Dump­ing Ini­tia­tive. The event was a great suc­cess in­volv­ing the co-op­er­a­tion of the Mar­coni Av­enue Area house­hold­ers, Bally­bunion Tidy Towns, the En­vi­ron­ment Sec­tion, Hous­ing Sec­tion and Lis­towel Mu­nic­i­pal District Op­er­a­tions of Kerry County Coun­cil and John Hig- gins Waste and Re­cy­cling. Many el­derly res­i­dents in par­tic­u­lar were as­sisted in re­mov­ing large bulky items from their homes... with two large 40 cu­bic yard con­tain­ers of waste taken away for re­cy­cling and dis­posal.”

Mick Boyce SEE En­vi­ron­ment Kerry County Coun­cil, Carmel Nash (Tidy Towns), Noel Nash (Bally­bunion Tidy Towns chair­man) Sea­mus O’Do­herty (Tidy Towns), Jackie Pearce (Tidy Towns), Oon­agh O’Con­nor, En­vi­ron­men­tal Aware­ness Of­fi­cer Kerry County Coun­cil.

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