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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Council scraps recycling bins after 10-month trial

Councillor Peter O'Brien
Councillor Peter O'Brien

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has decided to pull the plug on a pilot public bin recycling project - just 10 months after it began.

Experimental segregated bins aimed at encouraging the general public to recycle were put in place at three locations last December.

The council placed bins at trial locations throughout Newtownsmith, Cabinteely Park and Dundrum. They separated paper, plastics and general waste.

However, the council has decided to call time on the short-lived recycling idea after a review showed the public are contaminating the bins with food and drink.

Labour councillor Peter O'Brien (right) has expressed his disappointment over the council's decision and believes that it is a "retrograde step".

"This position of the council goes against the sustained work being done by a plethora of public and voluntary bodies in educating people about recycling, from our young people at school and youth organisations, right through to the general population," said Mr O'Brien.

The council said a study of the contents of the bins between June and July revealed that most of the recyclable wastes were "highly contaminated with food and drinks."

The report also found domestic and commercial waste in the litter bins.

The council is proposing to remove the recycling hubs and use them as normal litter bins.

Mr O'Brien called on the council to reverse the decision.

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