LIMERICK County Council has issued a warning to the GAA that the collection of waste including old cars and electrical goods is illegal without the proper authorisations being in place.
Waste collection days – known as ‘Scrap Saturdays’ - have become hugely popular as a fundraising vehicle for clubs across the county whereby members of the clubs and householders from the local community bring unwanted items – from batteries to scrap metal - in to the club, which then sells them on to collectors.
The local authority say they are aware that unauthorised events have occurred and it is their duty to advise that this illegal practice should be discontinued.
“Limerick County Council recognises the good work that the GAA carries out and would like to offer our assistance in the planning of any such events. We are obliged however, to equally advise that clubs engaging in future collections, without authorisation, will be subject to the appropriate penalties in law under the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended,” said a spokesperson for Limerick County Council.
The chairman of Limerick GAA County Board, Liam Lenihan, is encouraging clubs to contact licenced bodies when organising such events.
“We did it here in our own club but we are very lucky in that our main sponsors are Wards who have a licence and who ticked all the boxes,” said Mr Lenihan. “These old machines are lying around farm yards and farmers are only too willing to get rid of them and it is a very useful source of income in these stringent economic times. It’s very easy to get in touch with the registered dealers and in fairness to the council when they sent out their circulars they named the people who had licences,” he added.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 22, 2011