Antrim Borough Council has confirmed that there are no plans for the three bin refuse collection system to be kicked for the Kerbie.
On the day the council took delivery of three brand new road sweepers, assistant Director of Operational Services Paul Holly outlined the work carried out by staff regarding refuse collection and street cleansing.
During Thursday’s meeting of the Environment and Services Committee, SDLP Councillor Ciaran McMullan asked if the council were going to change from the three bin, blue black and brown system, to the Kerbie box which other council’s incorporate.
Mr Holly confirmed that at this point they don’t have any plans to change the system.
Concerns were raised about the changes to the collection system in Antrim when the council joins with Newtownabbey Borough Council, who use the Kerbie box system.
Alderman Mervyn Rea warned there are lots of issues to be discussed regarding the merge of the councils, he called on members to make sure Antrim’s needs are best served. He said: “We as members from Antrim have to work for our area and not bow to what Newtownabbey wants. We must really fight for what’s best for Antrim.”
Director of Development Geraldine Girvan said that there is a council that uses dual systems, three bins and Kerbie boxes.
It was revealed that when it comes to unadopted roads in the borough, the council’s cleansing team look at each case on its own merit. Holly revealed that during a previous incident £13,000 worth of damage was caused to a road sweeper on an un-surfaced road.
Members heard that the operates on an eight week cycle, Alderman Drew Ritchie asked whether that was sufficient and said that he received complaints from people saying they rarely see Road Sweepers.
Mr Holly explained that some areas require more cleaning due to vandalism and said that many road sweepers operate early in the morning which means people don’t always see them coming into their area.