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aug 28 2013 Strangford Village Bottle Banks removed – Cllr Enright aims to get them back

aug 28 2013 recycling removed by CadoganEnright

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Return of bottle bank in Asda in Downpatrick Aug 2012

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ASDA DENY RESPONSIBILITY FOR LACK OF RECYCLING BINS

Cllr Cadogan Enright at the location of the old ASDA recycling centre

Cllr Cadogan Enright at the location of the old ASDA recycling centre

DOWN Councilor Cadogan Enright has called on ASDA in Downpatrick to undertake their responsibilities to the community and to customer service by providing for the return of recycling at their retail park in Downpatrick.

Cllr Enright said, “I have been corresponding with ASDA on this matter and on other issues, but find them very unresponsive. Finally, after a visit to their offices, ASDA management responded by denying any role in seeing that customers are able to return bottles and other recyclables at their site. ASDA pointed the finger at landlord of the Retail Park, Mr John Miskelly, and  the Retail Park Management company, Colliers of Belfast who manage the site for Mr Miskelly.  ASDA management supplied me with the number of the Retail Park Management Company”

Cadogan Enright said, “I contacted the management company Colliers and informed their representative that many District residents have asked me to follow up on why recycling facilities disappeared from ASDA last year, and I have been trying to get a response since. Colliers informed me that Mr Miskelly the landlord does not want recycling bins, even for bottles, on account of the danger of rubbish being dumped. It is very odd indeed that the biggest retail park in the District does not support the normal recycling needs of its customers.”

“I made the point that video cameras and this was good enough evidence for the council to prosecute, and a simple notice saying this would dry up any dumping problem immediately, as it has in other retail parks around Northern Ireland and further afield. This is not a new issue and there are obvious ways and means that have been developed to deal with it.”, continued Cllr Enright.

Lindsay Piggot of Colliers the Management Company said that ASDA had requested an internal upgrade of the site including some of the parking area to the rear of Halfords where the job of installing piles has not been finished. But, even when this job was finished, the landlord did not want recycling facilities.

“Essentially both ASDA and their landlord BOTH think it is someone else’s job to provide recycling facilities – and not on their site. Other sites without the same level of video surveillance must be used to support ASDA’s needs. This is not acceptable for several reasons, most especially for the convenience of their customers. I will pursue this matter in every way I can. It is clear that ASDA has a duty to accommodate their customer’s needs”, concluded Cllr Enright

Bicycles can now be recycled

Bicycles can now be recycled

Council seeks location for new recycling centre

Council seeks location for new recycling centre

Return of bottle bank in Asda in Downpatrick

Asda willing to pay for new predetrian entrance and support bottlebank, but landlord unwilling to give permission

Recycling Breakthrough in Downpatrick

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright at the proposed new site with a child’s bicycle that was about to be thrown into a skip at the Clooney Road Civic Amenity Center

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright at the proposed new site with a child’s bicycle that was about to be thrown into a skip at the Clooney Road Civic Amenity Center

Councilor Cadogan Enright’s has welcomed the potential new Civic Amenity site on the NI water site at the Clooney Road.

The Downpatrick councilor said “This site has much more space and will allow us to enhance our approach to recycling. We are missing opportunities in Down District that other areas have already tackled.”

“Anybody visiting our local civic amenity centers over Christmas would have seen dozens of perfectly good bicycles in the skips, furniture, doors and many other reusable items like furniture. As rules currently stand, ratepayers are not allowed to re-use what is in the skips. This makes no sense. Council Management have agreed to see if an area of the new larger civic amenity site can be used to allow people to leave out perfectly reusable goods for others to take away for free as is done in the USA and Australia”. Said Cadogan.

Cllr Enright pointed out that “There are other options available. For instance Banbridge District Council opened a ‘restore Centre’ on the Scarva Road in Banbridge in summer 2009. Since opening over 1,656 individuals have visited the shop and purchased items ranging from sofa’s, tables, chairs, dressers, washing machines, tumble driers and cookers to name just a selection of items for sale. All shoppers are told of the positive environmental and sustainability issues around the ‘restore’ project. ‘restore’ has helped the council get across the principals of full sustainability and created a more positive outlook on reusing second hand goods with the financial benefit this has for the whole of society in these economic tough times.

 

The ‘restore’ project brings togetherall3 strands of Banbridge District Council’s sustainable development commitment as;

  • the useful life of household goods is prolonged rather than being prematurely discarded in the landfill. Making a carbon saving of around 60 tonnes in the first year.
  • it provides a valuable social role by providing training opportunities for people who are unemployed or have barriers to working; and
  • it offers low cost quality tested household goods to the public who are experiencing hard times.

“Banbridge Council Management believe that the 3 full-time jobs and many ‘trainee scheme posts’ will shortly become self-sufficient given sales receipts and the reduction in land-fill taxes resulting from the scheme”. Said Cadogan Enright.

“There is no reason why the council could not operate such schemes with local NGO’s or charitable groups either” concluded Cadogan Enright.

Re-‘cycling’ Breakthrough in Down Council

Councilor Cadogan Enright proposed a motion to allow bicycles being dumped at Downs civic amenity centers to be refurbished and sold on for charity. Cllr Enright put the motion at Wednesday night’s environment meeting at the request of committee chair, Castlewellan Cllr Eamonn O’Neill.

 

Cadogan Enright  said “Following proposals by myself last year, Council Management have agreed to include an area in Downs new larger civic amenity site to be used to allow people to leave out perfectly reusable goods for others to take away for free as is done in the USA and Australia. Anybody visiting our local civic amenity centers will see dozens of perfectly good bicycles in the skips, furniture, doors and many other reusable items like furniture. As rules currently stand, ratepayers are not allowed to re-use what is in the skips. This makes no sense”.

“My motion on Wednesday night will allow the council to bring forward this date at least for bicycles, and we can move on the other large recyclables when the new civic amenity center comes on-stream.”

Cllr Cadogan Enright with Tom McRoberts manager of the Restore Centre and Killikeagh Environmentalist Barbara HaigCllr Enright continued “There are other options available. For instance Banbridge District Council opened a ‘restore Centre’ on the Scarva Road in Banbridge in summer 2009. Since opening thousands of  items have been purchased including sofa’s, tables, chairs, dressers, washing machines, tumble driers and cookers to name just a selection of items for sale. ‘Restore’ has helped Banbridge get across the principals of full sustainability and created a more positive outlook on reusing second hand goods with the financial benefit this has for the whole of society in these economic tough times.”

 

Apprentices being trained in electrical and plumbing trades

Apprentices being trained in electrical and plumbing trades

Cadogan Enright pointed out that “During a recent visit to the ‘restore’ project I was able to see how young apprentice joiners, electricians and others have been taken hired and are undergoing training from skilled tradesmen to divert perfectly good consumer goods from landfill to resale as tested, top-quality, low-price goods. In the first year it was estimated that the project reduced the Councils ‘carbon-footprint’ by 60 tonnes.“

 

 

 

Apprentices being trained in joinery

“I am pleased with moving the bicycle part of this project  forward to this year, but look forward to a more substantial project next year to a more substantial project next year and see is no reason why the council could not operate a Banbridge-style scheme with local NGO’s or charitable groups gleaning the benefit.” concluded Cadogan Enright.

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 Bicycles can be recycled

Council seeks recycling centre

lack of recycling bins in Dundrum

Councillor Enright concerned at lack of recycling bins in Dundrum

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright with local residents Gerard McCormick and John Hardy.

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright with local residents Gerard McCormick and John Hardy.

Councilor Cadogan Enright has expressed concern that recycling facilities in Dundrum have been removed from the village during refurbishment work, leaving local residents without access to an important service.

Cllr Enright was contacted by a local resident who was concerned that the glass and can recycling bins which had been stationed in the car park on the Main Street had been removed during works being carried out as part of the Mourne Heritage Trust Signature Project.

Cllr Enright explained “The recycling bins have been removed from the village altogether and are being stored in Drumnakelly because a license would have been required to move them to a temporary site in Dundrum. It is disappointing that the council did not include the relocation of the bins as part of the plan for the site, so that the license application could have been made well in advance. Whilst I welcome the work being carried out by the Mourne Heritage Trust together with the Council to develop the area as a great example of developing eco-tourism in the area, we have concerns that proper arrangements were not made to relocate the recycling bins during the several months that the work is taking place”.

“Although there are alternative recycling facilities in Clough, Maghera and Newcastle,and we would encourage people to use them, those in Dundrum were easily accessible to local people and we would be concerned that people may not travel to recycle and then will fall out of the habit of doing it. It would be helpful if plans for the relocation of recycling bins are included in any applications in the future, especially as Council members fought hard to retain these services”, concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright.