‘Forklifts needed to collect overfilled brown bins in Dungannon’

Festering brown bins in Dungannon
Festering brown bins in Dungannon

Forklifts will be needed to lift overfilled brown bins in the Dungannon, because of a failure to establish a collection timetable.

That was the claim of Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGuigan at the first ever Environment meeting of the new Mid Ulster council.

Cllr Sean McGuigan

Cllr Sean McGuigan

Last month, the Tyrone Times highlighted the problem, where residents have been filling their recycling bins for months, with no apparent prospect of having them collected.

“Four people could not move some of these bins, they are so heavy with recycled waste,” said Cllr. McGuigan.

“It is a serious and genuine concern for a lot of people.”

A council official said the details of the collection route were still being finalised and that residents would be contacted when a collection timetable is established in the coming weeks.

Four people could not move some of these bins, they are so heavy with recycled waste

Around 7,500 brown bins have been distributed in recent months.

One councillor however said he was not affected.

“I can report that my brown bin is still in pristine condition,” said Cllr. Bob Mulligan