Newry Council postpone decision to remove glass from blue bin collection
The Slieve Gullion Area Councillor was speaking at Monday night’s full Council meeting and her proposal to defer the decision to remove Glass from the Blue Bin was accepted.
Speaking to Newry Times, Cllr Mulgrew explained, “Whatever well meaning rationale lay behind this, the recommendation has led to confusion, anger and considerable concern for residents throughout what we would know as the old Newry & Mourne Council District.”
She continued, “We must balance the argument of uniformity across the region and saving money with ensuring full access to frontline services and amenities provided by our Council. Many view this as a reduction of a service, not in fact efficiency savings but cuts.
“Furthermore the placing of Recycling Bins to provide disposal for Glass items, can cause more harm than good. Careful consideration has to be given as to where they are placed, their security and accessibility key issues.”
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The Sinn Féin representative also raised other ‘genuine and serious concerns’. “I raised our serious concerns not only regarding the placing of recycling bins, but previous problems experienced regarding their collection.
“The issue of accessibility by older people, mobility restricted individuals and and rural communities in general to such amenities as these Glass Banks is also very real to many.”
The Slieve Gullion representative added, “Before we take any final decision to change our procedures with regard to waste and recyclables collection, Council Officers now must bring back to us a comprehensive paper costing any changes and with proposals to help ensure that the issues I have raised on behalf of our communities are resolved.”
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