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Do you have sweet papers, wet paper or plastic bags in your recycling bin? If so, then you are contributing to the growing amount of recycling rejected due to contamination. Why is this happening? Well many people believe that all plastic is recyclable whereas the reality is that only certain plastic such as rigid plastic is recyclable. If you look at the food items you buy every week during your shopping trip and look at the packaging around these items, you will find that a fraction of the packaging can go into the recycling bin. So here is a quick quiz... To make a chicken curry, you need to buy the ingredients but what do you do with the packaging. Is all the packaging recyclable?

  • Plastic container from the chicken
  • Plastic wrap/bag from peppers, onions and mushrooms
  • Tin from coconut milk
  • Plastic container from fresh coriander leaves
  • Milk carton
  • Plastic wrap/bag from rice
  • Plastic wrap/bag from naan bread

Four items from the list can be recycled, once they are clean and dry,  and these are the plastic rigid containers, milk carton and tins. All other items must go into the general waste bin. It is important to point out that if an item is put into the recycling bin that shouldn't be put in there e.g. plastic bag, wet paper, sweet wrappers, dirty containers, then this will end up contaminating the load and will end up as landfill waste. So to increase awareness and improve on recycling, let your friends and neighbours know. Think about it this way, if your neighbour puts incorrect material into their recycling bin, then this will impact the overall load... After all your efforts to recycle better!

KWD Recycling is one of the largest waste collection companies in Kerry servicing both domestic and commercial customers. Bins are provided for recycling, general waste and food. They operate a ‘pay by weight’ charging system so the less you weigh, the less you pay. KWD Recycling is serious about recycling and want to encourage communities to get involved and recycle better. For more information on recycling visit recyclinglistireland.ie and kwd.com.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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