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Bin Disruption Coming To An End

Recycling company Oxigen have agreed to honour all their outstanding bin collections and should be complete by the beginning of this week.

There was anger and confusion among residents of the North County as a number of green bin collections were missed by Oxigen over the Christmas and New Year period. Oxigen had already lost the green bin collection contract to Greyhound Recycling who took over on January 2nd 2009. Service was severely disrupted in the days after Christmas and in particular on New Years Eve which was the final day of Oxigen’s contract. It appears there was no collection in much of the Rivervalley area of Swords on this date. Councillor Darragh Butler had expressed his concern over the missed collections. “It was very disappointing that this occurred on probably the busiest green bin collection week of the year. Hopefully this was the end of one chapter and I look forward to an improved service under the new operators Greyhound Recycling,” he said. A spokesperson for Oxigen apologised for the disruption last Thursday and said they are “working with the City Council to pick up all that’s outstanding.”

The Environment Department of the County Council have advised residents that if their bins have still not been collected they should put them out immediately. Greyhound and Oxigen confirmed they will take excess waste left in bin bags beside the green bins, and will endeavour to deal with the issue as quickly as possible.

Another option open to residents is to take the green waste to the Estuary Recycling Centre, available at 8107806. For the Green Bin contract, Greyhound Recycling has created a dedicated website at www.greenbin.ie and a Customer Service Department at 1890 342 342. This problem affected all four Dublin local authorities and wasn’t strictly a North County problem. Dublin City Council have indicated that Oxigen may face possible fines over the huge disruption. The Dublin local authorities would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents.