A number of listeners to Midwest News today questioned why the recycling facilities / dumps at Derrinumera, outside Castlebar and Rathroeen in Ballina were closed to the public on Saturday last.
Saturday last was more than a week since Christmas Day, and many households had more than their usual level of refuse and were keen to dispose of it properly.
Many householders arrived at the entrance to the facilities on Saturday last with trailer loads of refuse and were forced to bring it all back home.
In a written response this afternoon, Mayo County Council says that its two Civic Amenity Centres were closed over the Christmas 2020 period, as in previous years. Waste collection services operate on a two-week basis and our service closed for less than this two-week period. The closure was highlighted in advance to customers to ensure that they would have time to dispose of waste built up before the Christmas and all opening hours were advertised on the council website and on social media platforms.
A link was provided on our website homepage to McGrath Waste in Castlebar who were open for some of the holiday period, an option for customers who needed to dispose of waste over the Christmas.
Mayo County Council also ran a waste prevention campaign in advance of Christmas and throughout the year to encourage a change in consumer behaviour which causes excess waste.