Colour code conundrum at bottle bank!

By Dan Walsh at Gorey-Kilmuckridge District Council meeting

“There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same”

A line from the song Little Boxes written and performed by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 and recorded by many well-known performers including Pete Seegar.

This line of bins at Courtown Car Park looked reasonably tidy and clean on Tuesday evening.

Any segment of light discourse during the battle with Covid-19 is welcome and the ticky-tacky words of Little Boxes sprang to mind during Tuesday’s three-hour meeting of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council held in Gorey Courthouse to comply with Covid 19 regulations during a discussion on litter and waste disposal.

Cllr Diarmuid Devereux told the meeting that he visited Courtown the weekend and he described “a place disgraced with rubbish.” He wondered if it had been cleaned on Saturday and Sunday?

Cllr Andrew Bolger also noted that the Courtown bins were “overflowing” and he made a ‘phantom’ query about ‘special bins that were wider at the top and easier to empty!”

Wexford County Council Environmental Officer Cliona Connolly was ‘present’ from County Hall, and she was performing admirably via video link up to this point and then she lost her understanding and worse was yet to come!

Cllr Donal Kenny referred to full bottle banks and their subsequent collection. He noted that when people come to the bottle bank and they have a bag of ‘clear’ bottles and the ‘clear’ bottle bank is full, they frequently leave their bottles on the ground, rather than putting them into the facility besides labelled ‘green’, ‘brown’ etc. This is frowned upon by the authorities and is regarded as littering – take your waste home with you is the slogan!

Then Cllr Kenny asked if all the colour codes at the bottle banks are collected in the same lorry?…and if that is the case…what is the problem with placing ‘clear’ bottles in the ‘green or brown’ banks if the ‘clear’ is full up and overflowing? Rather than leaving them on the ground?

Cllr Anthony Donohoe was of the opinion that the bottles were all transported in the same lorry and the different colours were separated at the recycling plant.  Cllr Willie Kavanagh felt that the system in Oylegate meant that each colour was transported separately from the bottle bank location.

Meanwhile, heads are coming together at Wexford County Council and watch this space as colour coding for bottles could be returned to the Council agenda anytime soon!

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