Carrick-on-Suir Town Council is in negotiations with a commercial waste firm to set up a collection depot for a recycling waste centre in the town on a trial basis.
If the project comes off, it will save residents from the town and surrounding hinterland from travelling to Clonmel, Waterford and Dungarvan to dispose of a wide range of recyclable waste from newspapers and electrical goods to batteries and textiles.
Carrick-on-Suir Town Clerk Michael O’Brien informed councillors about the plan at this month’s meeting of Carrick-on-Suir Town Council.
He said the Council was looking into having a recycling waste centre in the town run by a commercial firm one day a week.
The site being considered for the centre is the designated casual trading area near Carrick-on-Suir Cattle Mart, which hasn’t been availed of by traders, who sell their wares outside Carrick-on-Suir mart.
Mr O’Brien said the next stage was to secure planning and he promised to come back to the elected Council before progressing on the project.
The Town Clerk stressed that this was a short term initiative and the Council’s plan to develop its own recycling centre was still in place but due to financial constraints it won’t be developed at the moment.
“This is responding to a need from the Council’s members and community. We need to be as imaginative as we can and this is something we are prepared to try,” he said.
Acting Town Manager Jimmy Harney said the waste charges at the commercially run recycling centre would be the same as those in place at the local authority run recycling centres in Clonmel and Cashel.
Cllr Fitzgerald asked if the Council could retain part of the site for casual trading but but Mr Harney said this wouldn’t be feasible as the whole site would be needed for the recycling centre both for storage and put in place a traffic management system for vehicles travelling into the site and out.
The Town Manager pointed out that the recycling centre would be provided at very little cost to the Town Council, which would lay down the conditions under which it would operate.
Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin welcomed the proposal and hoped it would lead to a reduction in dumping in areas like Seskin Hill, the river bank in the town and the town’s outskirts.
Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan and Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh also welcomed the iniative.
The casual traders didn’t see fit to use the facility the Council put in place for them at this site, so it should be used by a service that wanted to move there, said Cllr Cooney-Sheehan.