Independent councillors Jim Tenanty and Kevin Callan have added their voices to calls for Louth County Council to reverse the decision to withdraw plastic collection services from bring banks across the county.
Councillors unanimously backed a motion at Monday’s monthly council meeting in Dundalk calling on executive management to row back on their decision – made without consultation with elected representatives – to cease all plastic collections at bring banks in Louth.
Chief executive Joan Martin told the meeting that whilst she will consider all that was said at the meeting, she does not intend to reverse the decision. The meeting heard that Louth County Council spend €136,000 a year on plastics collection and that money saved will go towards cleaning up after unauthorised dumping around Louth.
The local authority also told councillors that green bin services available to households around the county meant there were sufficient alternatives available. They added that plastic bins around the county will now be used for extra glass and can deposits.
Among those who voiced their opposition to the move was Independent councillor Callan, who told the meeting, “I am asking you as a member of this Council and a member of Tidy Towns to reverse this action which is being used and indeed overused.
“When people take the time to recycle, some people walk to and from the facilities and do not have the option of driving to Drogheda or Dundalk to use the large recycling centres. We as a council must help them and encourage them. We as the elected members are making it clear to you the views of members of the public and I would recommend you reverse the decision in the interests of those who are recycling and helping the environment and our county.”
Callan believes the news has gone down like a ‘lead balloon’ across Louth. He visited the sole remaining bring banks in Ardee – at Ferdia Park – on Monday evening. “At the Ardee recycling centre this evening with Cllr Tenanty, we discussed the proposed closure of services with local people calling to drop off materials at the entrance to Ferdia Park and as across the county, people do not want services withdrawn but increased.”
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Monday, Tenanty confirmed he made the point that Ardee would lose out majorly in the meeting. “I said that with V&W closed down, Mid-Louth has suffered badly. I have concerns that if you close something down, people will go somewhere else with their rubbish,” he said, alluding to the potential increase of illegal dumping in the area with less recycling options.