Waste collectors urged to seek alternatives as Donegal’s landfill site closes

Waste collectors in Donegal are being told they must make alternative arrangements after the sole remaining landfill site in the county closed for the final time yesterday.

Meanwhile, the County Council is warning people who misuse bottle banks that monitoring is being increased, and a number of prosecutions are already being pursued.

Twenty years ago, there were five landfill sites in Donegal. As of last evening, there are none. The landfill site at Ballinacarrick outside Ballintra closed for the last time after reaching capacity following a public notification from Donegal County Council in early July.

Donegal County Council says it has no plans to facilitate a replacement, saying it's now  a matter for the private refuse companies to make their own arrangements.

Meanwhile, the council says it has successfully bid for funding for new technology and new equipment for its bottle bank and recycling service, with more capacity and more monitoring being promised.

Responding to concerns about vandalism and illegal dumping in the vicinity of bottle banks, Director of Services Joe Peoples told members this week that there are prosecutions in train, with more to follow. He said due process can be time consuming, but staff are busy and the council is improving its facilities.

Asked about increasing CCTV coverage and other issues, he promised full reports on individual sites at electoral area meetings.