Call for the Council to keep the Southside out of the headlines for littering

Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely

FINE Gael councillor Sarah Kiely has proposed that the Council look at the possibility of a bulky waste amnesty and electrical waste collection point to be facilitated to the south of Limerick City East.

Speaking at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting, Cllr Kiely pointed out that IBAL reports come out every year and that the Southside of the city always hits the headlines.

“I was very surprised to see the three dates for the recycling days and the area most likely to be mentioned in IBAL not included,” she told the council executive.

“I’m asking today that we add one additional date before the end of the year to facilitate a waste amnesty for the Southside. This should not be limited to just electrical goods but other waste too.

“As a councillor, I spend a good proportion of time taking calls about dumping. Some inspections do result in prosecutions. I’d like to mention Paul McAnaspie, who is the person who inspects the waste when we are trying to find evidence. A thankless and difficult job.

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“It is imperative we respond and give equal consideration to all areas to make sure we don’t hit the headlines for the wrong reasons,” the City East representative pointed out.

In response, Senior Engineer for the Council’s Environment Department, Aidan Finn, explained that a bulky waste amnesty would require further consideration and will be reviewed.

“In relation to the Electrical Waste Collection Point, there has been a change in the collector for the WEEE producer responsibility scheme and Limerick City and County Council is following up with the new collector, WEEE Ireland, in relation to the remaining collection days for 2023 and collection days/sites for 2024,” he said.