Council to introduce charges for recycling facilities

The County Council says the public will have to start paying for recycling facilities that are currently free of charge. It’s planned that from the start of March, people will have to pay when they dispose of most of their recyclables. However, there`ll still be no charge for the use of glass bottle banks. At the moment, there’s no charge for cans, papers and other recyclable waste brought to council collection points. But from March, the public will have to place this refuse in recycling bags at a cost of 5 euro for a pack of 4 bags. They will only be able to dispose of bags at the council’s waste transfer stations in Kenmare, Cahersiveen, Milltown and Killarney as well as in Muineminawn. The changeover also means the end of aluminium and steel can banks currently in use at 77 locations. The Council says most of these receptacles will be converted into bottle banks. The changes, however, will not affect glass recycling. The use of bottle banks will remain free of charge. According to the council, the new arrangements will be more convenient to people as they will no longer have to separate waste.