Kilkenny City launches “bin it your way” for 2013. Chewing gum is one of the most difficult wastes to clean from our city streets. It is so easy to dispose of it in the bin or by using a gum pop. why not try it !
The Cats Out of the Bag… well at least on it!
Yesterday saw the launch of the County Councils and KKB new initiative to get more people involved in keeping their own areas clean. The black and amber bags are the perfect size for minor litter on approach roads, or if you can just walking or on the bike.
Why not join those who are helping keep Kilkenny as beautiful as it should be.
Phone/text 086 2514041 for any queries.
Litter offenders, think twice, the Council is Watching You………
Kilkenny County Council has increased its enforcement capacity by purchasing additional specialised cameras which are in constant use at various locations throughout the County. Deployed at ‘Litter
Hot Spots’ the cameras allow continuous 24 hour monitoring. The Council secured a litter prosecution last month using evidence captured on a camera. A Kilkenny City resident was fined
€300 and ordered to pay legal costs of €518. The evidence presented in court was camera footage that clearly revealed the defendant dumping rubbish onto a road verge.
Since the installation of the new technology, it has captured footage of approximately 70 litter offenders using the cameras. Each litter offence is subject to a litter fine of €150. Failure to pay the
fine may lead to heavier penalties (up to €3,000 in the District Court), as the Kilkenny resident discovered last month. The cameras have been particularly effective at bottle banks. Two bottle
banks which have been notorious litter black spots in the city are yielding on average 5 fines per week and illegal dumping has notably decreased at both locations. After numerous public complaints about the constant volume of refuse dumped adjacent to the bottle banks in
Graiguenamanagh, cameras were recently put in place and have already resulted in eight litter fines.
While it is regrettable to take such enforcement action, it is considered necessary as it’s the only sustainable method to combat illegal dumping and teach offenders a hard lesson; it’s cheaper to
dispose of your refuse in an appropriate manner through a waste collection service or at an amenity centre than to fly tip your waste and risk being caught and fined.
Illegal dumping on public lands can be reported to Kilkenny County Council on the litter line 1800-200-156. All calls are logged, investigated by the enforcement team and then cleared away. In the
current Litter Management Plan, its objectives state that both awareness and enforcement activities will be used to rid the county of litter and the plan acknowledges the requirement of community
participation to succeed in achieving a litter free environment. In 2011, the Council spent €1.4 million on litter management and with decreasing central government funds, the responsibility to
maintain Kilkenny reputation as being a good place to visit lies partly in the hands of the inhabitants of Kilkenny as they hold the key to keeping it clean and litter free.
Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club (KACC) members went to work on cleaning the river bank from Greens Bridge to weir at the County Council at the end of January and collected some eight black bags of rubbish along with a TV and life buoys. Earlier in the month a further 13 life buoys were collected on the river between Kilkenny and Bennettsbridge, these have since been returned to the County Council. The KKB compliment the KACC for their continued support and for their dedication and interest in protecting and enhancing the wonderful river amenity which we have right through Kilkenny City
River clean underway near Kilkenny Castle. Copyright: Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club
River clean up boat club close to St Francis Abbey Bird sanctuary. Copyright: Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club
The KKB Children’s 2011 art competition is called “Make a Litterbug” competition for primary (5th Class) and secondary schools (Transition Year). The competition required students to form teams of up to 3 students to build their concept of a litterbug using recycled material only. The “Bug” could be no wider than 750mm and 1500mm high. The winning entry was judged to be the “Litterbug” that best demonstrates the reduce, reuse, recycle principle. The entries were required to target their message to their own age group and consider the impact of waste on their school, community and Kilkenny.
Fifth Class St. Patrick's De la Salle Boys Primary school winning entry, May 2011. Copyright : St. Patrick's De la Salle Boys Primary school
Fifth Class St. Patrick's De la Salle Boys Primary school winning entry, May 2011. Copyright: St. Patrick's De la Salle Boys Primary school
Litterbug winners from Fifth Class St. Patrick's De la Salle Boys Primary school with their teacher Mrs Reade and KKB members following the award of prizes, May 2011. Copyright : Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
Litter bug winner made by D Galster, O Nickelson, J Coogan of transition year CBS secondary school Kilkenny under direction of C Cahill Art teacher. Copyright: CBS secondary school
Each school was required to choose a winner from within the entries in the school. The winning school entry will be put on public display in the city. The overall winners won ipod nanos for each team member.