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KWD’s Forge Hill Recycling Plant is best in class

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KWD’s state of the art recycling plantin Forge Hill been named as Ireland’s top Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility.

Thefacility, which can now serve the recycling needs of 400,000 homes in the country’s Southern Region, was awarded the accolade recently, at the fourth annual Packman Awards run by Repak.

KWD managing director Sean Murphy said the award is a tribute to the work ethos of the company’s 110 staff and the Forge Hill team in particular.

“KWD has adopted a sustainable approach to waste management in the South West of Ireland since its foundation in 1986, investing consistently in state of the art facilities, such as Forge Hill, deploying the latest technology to eliminate detrimental impacts on the environment, and the Pakman award recognises this,” Mr Murphy said.

The national Packman Awards launched by Repak recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations and community groups in Ireland.

Mr Murphy said the Packman awards consolidates the KWD group as a leader in sustainable recycling and follows company initiatives such as the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative engaging 4,000 school goers, and the now annual County Clean Up which began in 2012, with 5,000 volunteers collecting 8,000 bags of rubbish this year.

The Kerry based company plans to increase the number of households it serves through its Forge Hill facility in the coming years. The extra capacity will be needed as local authorities throughout the country introduce new bye-laws from January next, with the powers to call to homes and businesses to demand receipts for rubbish disposal under robust new waste management regimes to be launched in Cork and Kerry.

The hard-hitting bye-laws will ensure all citizens dispose of their waste by using an authorised waste contractor, by taking it to an approved waste facility, or by a bin-sharing agreement. Offenders could also face fines of up to €2,500 for putting recyclables into their rubbish bins or for not storing bins properly.

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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