The loss of the V&W Recycling plant in Ardee has been a blow to the town in recent months – with it’s closure being felt even more so now with the Christmas period having been and gone.
While Ferdia Park residents have long bemoaned the presence of recycling bins at the front of their estate – and more accurately, the misuse of those bins by people who dump rubbish and recyclable goods beside them – the issue is even more widespread.
As visible in the image above, roadside bins are also being used as destinations for dumping around the town – and not for the first time. Independent councillor Jim Tenanty received the photo from a resident of Rathgory on the Drogheda road. The local described the photo above as the bin “in it’s tidy state” – despite bags of rubbish stacked up beside it and full bags having been pushed into the narrow receptacles.
While council workers dispose of the rubbish on their rounds, often the rubbish is strewn around the roadside before then, the resident wrote in her letter to the council, in which they urged Louth County Council to remove the bins altogether.
The matter will be discussed at the next meeting of the Ardee Municipal District committee, which will take place next Thursday January 12th.
Last year, it was revealed that €5,000 from the annual Ardee Municipal District discretionary budget had been allocated to pay for the relocation of the Ferdia Park bins – but that move has yet to happen. The bins were expected to be removed by the end of October, but there has been no progress.
It was thought that the bins would be moved to a location at SuperValu on Ardee’s Ashwalk. Over Christmas, residents voiced further anger over the failure to deal with the issue that has plagued the estate for some time.
Councillor Tenanty did table a motion about the problem in November but it was deemed too late to be included in the December meeting and will instead be broached next week.
Speaking to the Mid-Louth Independent this week, Dolores Minogue urged people to be mindful of local residents when using recycling facilities, asking them to cease living rubbish out in the open if bins are full.
The cathaoirleach of the Ardee Municipal District committee said she would raise the issue of Ardee being without a dedicated recycling facility with the local authority again.