WEEE collections of household electrical items are returning to Kilkenny towns this year.
Five communities will host collections in May and June.
Collections will begin on May 21 at the Erins Own GAA Club in Castlecomer. Other collections will take place at the Piltown Community Center on May 28; at the Thomastown Quay parking lot on June 4; Johnstown Church Parking Lot June 11; and at the Cillin Hill Mart on June 18.
All collections will take place on Saturday.
In a presentation to local councillors, Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer for Kilkenny County Council, also highlighted the permanent and free WEEE drop-off points in the county – at businesses such as the recycling centre. from Doheny on the Callan Road, Panda Waste Recycling in Kilkenny City, and electrical stores like DID Electrical. They are also located at County Council facilities at Dunmore Waste and Recycling Center and Grannagh Recycling Centre.
Ms. Molouney encouraged households to prepare their small electrical appliances for collections. If a site does not produce more than ten tonnes of WEEE, Ireland will no longer organize collection there.
Municipal District Chairman Cllr Michael Doyle said it was great to see the selection of collection points and acknowledged the tremendous amount of work by groups and organizations helping to clean up their own areas. It’s vital and really appreciated, he says.
He said those found guilty of littering should face ‘huge fines’.
Services director Mary Mulholland said there was no excuse for the illegal dumping. If someone is going to go to the effort of putting an item in their car, driving out of the country and throwing it away, they can go to one of the good disposal places “because it will be their friends and neighbors who will clean up after him”.