Residents are angry that Recycling sites in Youghal and Midleton have been taken away and they want them back, the Cork County Council Executive heard at a recent meeting. Cllr Danielle Twomey, who represents the East Cork Municipal area, said Cllrs were not consulted before the recycling facilities were removed and she called for them to be reinstated.
The Sinn Fein Cllr, at the February meeting of the Borough, received the full support of her colleagues to have the bins returned, with the addition of CCTV cameras at both sites to deter fly tipping. The County’s Environment Directorate removed the facilities after they were continually trashed by fly-tippers, forcing them to close them down. Despite clear signage notifying the public what can and cannot be disposed of at both sites, and reminding them not to fly-tip, some residents continued to use the grounds as a tipping ground. Cllr Twomey told the Municipal Executive “other Bring Sites have CCTV. The Midleton Bring Site was busy enough to warrant it.”
Deputy Mayor of Cork County Cllr Mary Linehan Foley said if Council were considering bringing the units back to Midleton, they would also consider bringing them back to Youghal She said “I get it. I understand that people were misusing it, leaving bags of rubbish that attracted rats and maybe if there were CCTV there it may help.”
A Council official said there should be no further need for recycle bins, as every home now has the facility. They said that under new guidelines, linking a person’s Eircode to their bin should help tackle the scourge of fly-tipping. The County Environment Directorate is to adjudicate on the matter, and issue a decision on the Cllrs request.