€3 million budget for managing litter

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The cost of keeping Laois clean will run to over €3 million next year, up €400k from 2016 accourding to Laois County Council.

Kyletalisha landfill will cost €1.5 million to run, with another half a million on recycling services and bring banks.

Litter management will cost €312k. Legal fees and waste enforcement €362k, and €68k will go on waste management planning and prevention.

Street cleaning will cost an even €1,000 per day, at €365k. with €48,400 on providing and improving litter bins, and €316,600 on a street cleaning service.

The figures were revealed at the recent annual budget meeting of Laois County Council for spending in 2017.

People are dumping onto railway lines in Laois, thus endangering lives, claims Cllr Willie Aird.

“Anyone who throws stuff over a rail line, endangering commuters, they have no thought for anyone. Couches, mattresses, beds, dumping could cause carnage if in the wrong place, like rail tracks or on bends in the road, it’s mind boggling,” he said.

He complimented the council’s three litter wardens.

“They are on the front line, rummaging through bags, all because people fire away litter, they won’t be civic minded,” he said.

Cllr John Joe Fennelly wants a survey done on how people dispose of their refuse.

“I’m not blaming them for disposing of it illegally, but to ensure they have the provision to dispose of it properly,” he said.

Cllr Ben Brennan said litter is “devastating us”.

“The litter warden service is only up by €4k, but litter is devastating us and destroying the county.

“There’s no extra money for litter control, and environmental awareness services are cut by €15k,” said the Independent county councillor.