New recycling depot hopes to lessen waste for landfill

Sian Moloughney

Sian Moloughney

A state-of-the art recycling facility that aims to divert up to 80% of waste away from landfill has been officially opened in Clonmel.

The County Council depot, located at Carrigeen in Clonmel, will accept many items for recycling for free and County Council Chairman Michael Fitzgerald is encouraging everyone to make use of the facility.

“This new centre provides the people of Clonmel and the wider community of South Tipperary a state-of-the-art facility on their doorstep,” Cllr Fitzgerald said, at the official opening last Friday.

He said it is hoped that up to 80% of all waste delivered there will be diverted away from landfill.

The new centre is very different to the Legaun facility, which it replaces, he explained. People can drive up to the relevant bay and unload into a skip below. The centre will also accept a wider variety of items than Legaun did.

Two full-time members of staff will be on hand to advise those arriving at the centre.

Cllr Fitzgerald thanked the staff of the county council’s environment section for their hard work in ensuring the facility opened on time and under budget. He especially thanked Sean Carey for his work ‘beyond the call of duty’ and council staff Ann Peters and Pat Walsh.

“In this county we have a proud record regarding the emphasis that management, staff and council members put in to the environment section. We are the envy of other counties. A clean, green Tipperary is something we have aspired to for a long time.”

Cllr Fitzgerald thanked the Department of the Environment for providing funding for the facility at a time when budgets are being curtailed, especially Dr John O’Neill, department inspector.

The council chairman went on to say that they will engage with schools and business to spread the waste management message to the community, and the Carrigeen facility will be open to school group to visit.

“I have no doubt this will be a hugely successful development. This is a move for the future, a positive move by the county council.”

Mayor of Clonmel Darren Ryan said the centre was a testament to the county council’s commitment to the environment and described it as an amazing facility.

Jimmy Harney, Acting Director of Services, said the opening was a special occasion for everyone working in the county council.

An ecumenical blessing was given by Fr Billy Meehan and Rev Barbra Fryday, who read from the Book of Genesis a reminder of our responsibility to the environment.

Cllr Fitzgerald then unveiled a plaque to mark the opening.

The new centre will accept the following recyclables free of charge: glass, steel & aluminium cans, textiles, newspapers, magazines, batteries, waste electrical items and fluorescent tubes.

The following recyclables will be accepted for a small charge of €7 per car or €16 per car and trailer: Green waste, timber, metal, soil and rubble, plastics, cardboard, household hazardous waste, flat glass, paint, medicines, pesticides, aerosols, waste engine oil, cooking oil, gypsum.

Clear plastic bags of mixed recyclables will be accepted for a charge of 75c per bag. Black bags of waste will be accepted for a charge of €4 per bag. Bulky items will be accepted for a charge of €10 per item.

The Centre is open from Tuesday to Thursday and on Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm; early closing Friday at 3.30pm, and closed all day Sunday and Monday.

The recycling centre is located at Carrigeen, Clonmel, off the inner relief road at the same exit as Chadwicks.