Bring-banks earning councils thousands
COUNCILS have received hundreds of thousands of euro from bring-banks on public land, writes Luke Byrne.
An Irish Independent survey has revealed how some local authorities generate almost €100,000 a year from the recycling banks, which are often used to help fund charities.
The revenue included rental fees from operators and from recycled material.
Of the councils that responded to the survey, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council reported the most in revenue from the recycling bins. It received €272,716 from bring-banks between 2010 and 2012.
A spokesman said that the council did not deal directly with charities but with private operators who had made deals with charities.
A number of councils, including Dublin City Council and Clare County Council, refused to provide details for commercial sensitivity reasons.
A statement from the County and City Managers' Association (CCMA) said that nominal fees were paid to local authorities for the siting of bring-banks.
"Charities and other private groups are free to negotiate with other organisations to site their bring banks and many of them do enter into agreements such as with community halls, clubs, schools and filling stations, etc," it said.