One of the rubbish bins which was installed last year
LIMERICK City and County Council paid almost €70,000 last year to upgrade public rubbish bins at locations across the Metropolitan District.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the local authority paid a total of €68,376 to Larkin Engineering Enterprises Ltd which replaced 88 existing bins during 2018.
Invoices seen by the Limerick Leader show each of the new bins cost €718 while there were additional costs associated with the removal and disposal of the old bins.
While the Tuam-based company was paid in the third quarter of last year, the invoices, which were accompanied by progress reports, were submitted to the local authority on dates in June and July.
Tender documents issued by the council’s street cleansing department show the intial contract was for the supply and delivery of 200 new bins – meaning a further €90,000 is to paid once the rest of the bins are installed.
The documents outline a number of strict specifications for the new bins which “must be capable of fitting a 120 litre plastic wheelie bin insert”.
The tender also required the successful bidder to ensure the new bins were capable of catering for cigarette butts and a chewing gum.
“The bin must incorporate a container for collecting cigarette butts and gum via a suitable profile aperture approximately 190mm long on top of the bin. This container must be a built-in part of the bin rather than a removable container. The container must be self-opening and self-closing so that it cannot be left open allowing cigarettes to inadvertently pass directly into the litter liner and to avoid needle stick injury.”
The council also requested that the bins have a “secure locking system” and that the lock is easy to use and durable.
“The lock must be located in a convenient position for the operator to access and away from the litter contents,” state the tender documents.
“When mounted on solid foundation, the bin should be able to withstand a reasonable static force from any direction without any permanent deformation. The door hinge must be long-lasting and durable,” it adds.