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Donegal has second worst recycling record  23.09.08

A BUNCRANA councillor has warned that the town can no longer cope without a civic amenity site.
Cllr Rena Donaghey made the call as a damning report shows that Donegal County Council has the second worst recycling record in the country.
Cllr Donaghey told officials at Friday's Inishowen Electoral Area meeting that Buncrana's growing population demanded a dedicated recycling depot.
"We have almost 9,000 people in Buncrana and its environs who need a place to deposit recyclables. We are the second biggest town in Donegal and we don't have a civic amenity site," said Cllr Donaghey, who is also the chairperson of Buncrana Tidy Town's committee.
She claimed the seaside town would greatly increase its marks in the national judging if it were seen to be serious about recycling.
"Most people are very responsible and anxious to recycle properly but it is ridiculous that our facilities are so limited," she added.
She said she had been advised that Buncrana and Killybegs may be put forward as possible sites for civic amenity sites at an upcoming waste management meeting Cllr. Donaghey said she looked forward to contributing to meeting on the issue.
Carndonagh Public Amenity Site Meanwhile, a report by the Local Government Management Services Board (LGMSB) showed that Donegal recycled just 11% of its waste last year. This was second only to Carlow where only 8% of collected household waste was recycled.
The highest rate of recycling was in Co Longford at 56% and
Co Galway at 52%.
Donegal County Council yesterday stated that the LGMSB report related only to kerbside collections and did not take account of the bring banks around the county. The council said the county's kerbside recycling service was expanding steadily.
Meanwhile, upgrade works at Carndonagh Public Amenity Site have yet to begin. It is understood therefore, that recycling will remain free of charge there for several more months.
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