Food chain litter prominent in Clane area

THERE is an extraordinary amount of litter from McDonald’s outlets in the Clane area, a meeting of Kildare County Council has been told.

THERE is an extraordinary amount of litter from McDonald’s outlets in the Clane area, a meeting of Kildare County Council has been told.

Speaking on a new Council Litter Management Plan 2012-2015, Cllr. Padraig McEvoy, said the report on the plan indicated that just 2% of litter was from fast food outlets but that there seemed to be an extraordinary amount of litter with McDonald’s logos on it.

Cllr. McEvoy also said it was “mean spirited” for businesses to sweep litter onto the road for the Council to take it up.

He also said that cardboard was a problem in some instances.

Cllr. Suzanne Doyle suggested a pilot scheme with businesses whereby no outlet would sell chewing gum – a problem litter.

She also said the Council could co-operate with businesses on a compactor which would make litter like cardboard smaller.

Director of Services, Joe Boland outlined elements of the plan which says that the Council issued an average of 974 on the spot fines each year, but also told members that the Council was spending 2m euros a year on litter management between its street sweeping and fly tipping environmental gangs.

He said they would look at the compactor proposal and that the Council has resolved a lot of the illegal advertising problems.

Cllr. Seamie Moore said the Council had no agreement with the owners/managers of shopping centres on bring banks and if it were not for the Tidy Town Associations they would be in “a terrible state.”

He also said solar powered street bins, which carry ten times more rubbish that the normal street bins, would pay for themselves, noting that there is a 5 euro charge for one in Sallins.

Mr. Boland told the July 31 meeting of the Council that there was a new policy document last which which is intended to increase the conditions on segregation of waste and the times of collections.

He also told the Council that of the 974 average fines, 99 came about as a result of CCTV various bring banks around the county.

The litter plan was agreed.

- Henry Bauress