Youghal Pubs using Co. Waterford bottle banks to dispose of waste glass – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness .

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that a number of pubs in Youghal are using ‘bring banks’ in West Waterford to dispose of empty bottles and waste glass.

McGuinness said:

“It has become apparent over the past number of months that several pubs in Youghal have been making use of the glass recycling facilities in Kinsalebeg and Clashmore. Waterford City and County Council provides a network of 66 bring banks, which are provided exclusively for recycling household glass only. They are not for commercial use and it is illegal for businesses to dispose of their waste glass in these facilities.“

“I have received numerous reports over recent weeks of large quantities of glass being disposed of by staff members of several pubs in Youghal. Their large volumes of glass flood the banks, leaving little capacity for domestic users and upsetting the collection pattern.”

“I have asked the Council to write to licensed premises in Youghal reminding them that it is an offence to use bring banks for commercial use as a first step. I will also be bringing forward a proposal for the Council to deploy mobile CCTV cameras to areas of persistent illegal dumping and littering, including bring banks. Wexford County Council were recently commended by the Environmental Protection Agency for using mobile CCTV capabilities to secure prosecutions and bring about a decrease in illegal dumping. 

“Commercial outlets must deal with and pay for their own waste management/ recycling services and stop free loading on this public service.”