Limerick County Council has been urged to consider installing compost bins in local graveyards, which could be used to dispose of wilted flowers and help keep down maintenance costs.
Cllr Damien Riedy, Fine Gael, said that the measure would help the council cut down on waste collection and disposal costs for graveyards, as the majority of items collected there are wilted flowers placed on graves.
He said that a compost bin in every cemetery, which could be installed for as little as €350 each, would be a cost effective and non-invasive measure.
“The amount of funding that goes towards each graveyard’s maintenance is quite small so I think it’s important that we get the best value for money”, the Newcastle West-based councillor said.
“A compost bin in a graveyard would mean that much of the money that is currently being spent on waste disposal could go towards something else”, he said.