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Sunday 17 December 2017

€2 charge to be introduced for dumping of items for recycling

By David Looby

A €2 charge is being introduced for people to dump their recycling at County Wexford's four recycling centres.

Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright said in his monthly report that a €2 charge is being introduced due to a significant increase in operating costs at the civic amenity sites.

The throughput at the four sites in 2016 was up by 15 per cent on 2015. 5,700 tonnes of recycling were processed at the sites last year, the meeting heard. Cllr Fionntáin Ó Suilleabháin expressed concern that the charge might lead to a reduction in recycling and to an increase in littering.

The meeting heard that the local authority is spending around €2.5m per year on recycling. Meanwhile litter enforcement was up in 2016 by 13 per cent to 274 and litter reports were up by 22 per cent to 2,354.

Director of Services John Carley said: 'At the moment our civic amenity centres are losing €400,000. A €2 entrance charge will recover €60,000. I don't expect this to affect the numbers.'

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