‘Bin police’ will be able to call to homes and businesses and demand receipts for rubbish disposal under a tough new waste management regime in Cork City.
The public could also face fines of up to €2,500 for putting recyclables into their rubbish bins or for not storing bins properly.
The proposals are contained in a set of draft waste management bylaws published yesterday by Cork City Council for public consultation. The bylaws will govern the storage, segregation and presentation of household and commercial waste in the council’s administrative area.
The council’s director of services Valerie O’Sullivan said the city spends some €6.7m annually keeping the city clean and tackling illegal dumping. “These draft bylaws which are now open to public consultation, are aimed at further improving waste management in the city. We want to hear the views of businesses and residents,” she said.
Submissions have been invited until November 16 to inform a report for city councillors who will ultimately decide when to enact the new laws.
They aim to:
Further proposed restrictions will prohibit the presentation of kerbside waste for collection in the city centre before 3am on the designated collection day. And bins must be returned to the storage area by 2pm.
Outside the city centre, it will be prohibited to present bins for collection before 9pm on the night before and bins must be back in storage by 7pm on collection day.