DOUGLAS is not getting its fair share of litter bins despite having the city’s largest residential population, it has been claimed.
Fine Gael representative Shane O’Callaghan requested data regarding the number of bins in situ in the city centre and newly subsumed city areas Ballincollig, Blarney, Douglas and Glanmire.
There are 218 bins in the city centre and 45 in Ballincollig. However, Douglas (21,000) — which has a larger population than Ballincollig (18,600) according to 2016 Census figures — only has 14 litter bins.
Glanmire has 25 and Blarney just 12. The city has 163 bins in parks.
Mr O’Callaghan said this doesn’t add up and called for each area outside the city centre to have an equal number of bins.
“Ballincollig has 45 bins and, while Douglas, including Grange and Frankfield only has 14 bins and no dog litter bins. That’s a huge difference considering the population. I would ask that the city council would propose to increase the number of bins in Douglas, Glanmire and Blarney so they have the same number of bins as Ballincollig,” he said.
However, the Cork City Council director of operations, Valerie O’Sullivan said this would make no sense as a policy as each area has different needs. She added that bin provision is constantly reviewed.
Five additional litter bins were installed in July in the city in two pilot dog walking routes.