New Bins will Tidy City

Dublin city centre is set to be cleaner and more tidy when tourists return in numbers next year.

The number of on-the-go recycle bins in the city centre will be doubled following their launch last year.

A total of 25 brightly coloured bins, which take plastic bottles and cans, were installed in the city centre last October with the greatest concentration on Grafton Street and Henry Street.

The Dublin #CircleCity campaign says audits carried out show that 83% of plastic bottles and cans in the areas covered were placed in the bins.

The amount of contamination from general waste amounted to 10%.

The campaign which is the result of collaboration between Dublin City Council and environmental charity Hubbub will now double the amount of the bins.

It will try out the use of 15 Big Belly bins in the docklands which are smart-bins that feature a solar-powered compactor allowing it to hold up five times the amount of material.

Two 'reverse vending machines' which make a charitable donation in return for target materials will also be installed on a pilot basis on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin and on the Airfield Estate in Dundrum.

The Dublin #CircleCity campaign says that the amount deposited in the on street recycle bins more than doubled since their launch rising from 5kg in December 2020 to 13kg last July.

It is expected that 48,180 plastic bottles and 38,870 cans which would otherwise end up in landfill will be recycled each year.