Councillors hit out at Louth County Council’s decision to stop collecting plastic from Bring Banks from this Monday

Councillors hit out at Louth County Council’s decision to stop collecting plastic from Bring Banks from this Monday

A number of local councillors have expressed their frustration at Louth County Council’s decision to cease the collection of plastics from Bring Banks around the county from this coming Monday without consulting them.

The matter was first flagged up earlier this week with an ad in the local media.

Explaining the decision to cease the collection of plastics from this Monday July 17th, William Walsh of Louth County Council said: “Because of the expansion throughout the county in recent years of household recycling collections and the availability of our Civic Amenity Centres in both Dundalk and Drogheda for those not availing of such household collections, Louth County Council will cease the collection of plastics from our Bring Banks with effect from 17th July, 2017.”

Despite the advert, the first many local representatives heard of the matter was when the local authority posted a notice on their social media channels yesterday.

Local Green Party councillor Mark Dearey retweeted Louth County Council’s tweet, hitting out at the decision.

He said: “My jaw has just hit the ground. No reason. No discussion. No leadership on this important local service.”

Tomás Sharkey also asked: “Cén fáth? This elected County Councillor wants to know.”

Meanwhile his Sinn Féin colleague Antóin Watters said the decision did not make sense and added there were “no discussions with elected reps on this very important issue.”

Fine Gael councillor Maria Doyle also weighed into the debate when it was highlighted by Talk of the Town. She said: “This decision should’ve been raised for discussion at either county or municipal meetings. Councillors and public kept in the dark.”

Glass and cans will continue to be collected from all Bring Banks around the county.

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