« BackCost of bringing refuse to Kerry County Council sites to increase

The cost of bringing a bag of refuse to Kerry County Council civic amenity site is set to increase.

The measure was included in the local authority’s budget for 2017.

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Councillors voted to increase the cost of a single bag by 50 cent to €4.50 and €25 for six bags at the county’s five civic amenity sites at Killarney, Milltown, Kenmare, Caherciveen and Dingle.

However, many noted a sound of caution given the increase in illegal dumping or fly tipping across the county.

Cllr Terry O’Brien said prosecution was the only way to tackle this issue, Cllr Bobby O’Connell again urged for a door-to-door survey to be carried out asking people how they dispose of their rubbish while Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said the decision to close the North Kerry landfill was sincerely the wrong one.

Over 2.5 million euro will be spent by Kerry County Council on operating civic amenity sites – almost 1.2 million euro will be needed for the North Kerry landfill which shut in July 2014.

Chief Executive of the council, Moira Murrell, said 300,000 euro had been spent on aftercare for the site this year to comply with EPA licence requirements and this will continue for years to come.

Leachate management continues to be a major expense with the material being brought by tanker from the site to the Tralee wastewater treatment plant for treatment and disposal.