What is undoubtedbly Kilkenny’s busiest ‘bring centre’, the Dunmore Recycling Centre on the main Castlecomer Road has been named the 2014 Repak Recycling Centre of the Year.
“While it is always an honour to be shortlisted, I am delighted that the hard work and passion of the staff in the recycling centre have been acknowledged by this award” Philip O’Neill, Director of Environmental Services with Kilkenny County Council commented.
Last year 890 tonnes of material, an increase of approximately 8% on 2012, left the site to be recycled and a further 230 tonnes of dry bulk waste were recovered. 2,045 tonnes of general waste were transported to landfill. Cathaoirleach, Cllr Pat Millea was present at the awards ceremony and commented “The high tonnages accepted and the determination of staff to improve efficiency and value while retaining its reputation for exceptional customer service is why I think the centre won the overall award. I praise the staff at the centre for their dedication and commitment to providing a top class service”.
Over 30,000 customers used the centre last year and staff at the centre are proud that they meet their customers’ requirements and provide additional services where demand exists. While 2013 presented many financial challenges both to Dunmore Recycling & Waste Disposal Centre and its customers, the recycling centre has continued to pursue new ways to maintain a reasonable pricing structure for its refuse and recycling services.
The centre is also proud of their community partnerships; the Good Shepherd Centre continues to work on salvaging bicycles from the centre and repairs them for re-sale to fund-raise for their projects and another community project is currently underway with a creative group from the HSE mental health day-services who are designing an art piece made of salvaged materials from the centre. The centre is delighted to be able to assist such a worthy charitable cause as these all fit in well with the new waste hierarchy, “preparing for reuse”.
Dunmore Recycling Centre remains committed to providing a low-cost waste management solution for householders and small to medium size businesses in Kilkenny. It will continue to strive to remain competitive and ensure that it provides an efficient and friendly service for its customers.