Coolmine Recycling Centre - Opening Hours

Friday, December 24, 2010

Swords Estuary and Coolmine Recycling Centres  
opening hours:

Open Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 4pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays

Phone: 01-8219475
Please note: in very windy conditions the recycling centre may have to close for Health & Safety Reasons.

The recycling centre is for household use only. No commercial waste will be accepted on site.
The recycling centre is located in Coolmine Industrial Estate, beside the Fire Station and Fingal County Council Transportation Depot.

You can download the location sketch below for more precise directions.

What Householders can bring to Coolmine Recycling Centre 

Accepted Free of charge:
  •  Newspapers,
  •  Paper, Magazines, Light Cardboard
  •  Heavy Cardboard
  •  Aluminium cans
  •  Food tins
  •  Glass bottles and jars
  •  Plastic bottles, washed & squashed, tops unscrewed
  •  Other Clean Plastic Packaging (must be clean - no expanded polystyrene)
  •  Clothes
  •  Car & household batteries
  •  Beverage cartons / Tetra-Pack
  •  WEEE: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (e.g. Fridge, Washing Machine, Cooker, TVs, VCR, kettle, toaster, etc)
  •  Fluorescent tubes and Energy-saving bulbs
  •  Waste Engine Oil
  •  Waste Cooking Oil
  •  Household Hazardous Waste: paint, thinners, pesticides, herbicides, household cleaners, medicines, aerosol cans.

Accepted with a charge (to pay in bin tags):
  • Bulky waste (e.g. Furniture, carpet)
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Green Waste (restricted to cars and small trailers)
  • Construction & Demolition Waste: concrete, soil, rocks, tiles

2011 Prices are set per vehicle as detailed below, to pay with €8 bin tags only or by debit / credit card.
Car-boot: €8
Car-full: €16
Car-van / Small trailer (max. 6ft x 4ft x 2ft): €40
Small van (max. 6 cubic meters / 212 cubic feet): €128 (not allowed for green waste)

Reduced prices apply for green waste :
Car-boot: €4
Car-full: €8
Car-van / Small trailer (max. 6ft x 4ft x 2ft): €24

From 2011 a minimum €4 charge applies to loads containing Household Hazardous Waste: paint, thinners, pesticides, herbicides, household cleaners, medicines, aerosol cans.

Compost bins can be purchased on site, to pay by credit or debit card only. Standing compost bins cost €32, rotating compost bins cost €64, kitchen caddy €8.

This service is for household use only.


Green Bin Collection update

Thursday, December 23, 2010

This is the latest update from Greyhound:-

If your green bin collection was missed between Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December

Greyhound apologises to customers whose Green Bin collection was missed due to the severe weather over the last few days.
Greyhound will endeavor to arrange an alternative green bin collection for customers who missed a collection on December 21st or December 22nd on the 28th or 29th December. Additional materials will be collected if presented beside the bin in neat bundles or clear / light coloured plastic bags. Please keep checking our website, all updates will be posted there.

Collections scheduled for today or tomorrow should take place as normal.


Fingal County Council Social Housing

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Some questions and answers on Fingal County Council's Housing Stock

(a) Fingal’s total housing stock, broken down by housing type (apartment, duplex etc) and number of bedrooms; Total is 4460 of which 521 - 1 bed: 749 - 2 bed: 3005 - 3 bed: 185 - 4 bed.

(b) Fingal’s total social housing stock including local authority and housing associations; 5160 (Fingal – 4460: Voluntary – 700).

(c) The number of households that are presently on Fingal County council housing waiting lists; 7,903

(d) The number of vacant housing units there are in Fingal broken down by electoral area and length of time they’ve been vacant;
Total = 81:
0 Malahide Howth, 49 Balbriggan Swords and 32 Castleknock Mulhuddart.
Average length of time from securing the property to completion of works is 21.1 weeks.

(e) The number of units that have been allocated for people defined as Homeless as per the Housing Act for each year from 2008-2010; 2008 – 11: 2009 – 9: 2010 – 17.

(f) The number of allocations made under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) for each year from 2007-2010 broken down by electoral area;

RAS tenancies Allocated
- 2007 100
- 2008 170
- 2009 94
- 2010 119

Total 483

By Electoral Area
Balbriggan 158
Blanchardstown 176
Malahide/Howth 9
Swords 140

Total 483

(g) The number of social housing units that Fingal has secured under the Government’s long term leasing scheme: 5 leases signed.

(h) The number of households that are on the priority housing list and the number of these households that are in need of 4 bedroom accommodation: 113 of which 19 have a 4 bedroom requirement.


Water supplies running low

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

From The Water Services Dept. Fingal County Council

This is to advise that it is proving necessary to step up from the throttling back of water supplies, undertaken by all four Dublin local authorities in recent days since the onset of very cold weather conditions, to conserve reservoir levels. 

The escalation is proving necessary to prevent a serious depletion of water reserves and to control supply by matching use with the regional capacity to supply treated water. 


The depletion that happened in January last when householders running water taps, combined with serious mains fractures, resulted in a prolonged period before normal water levels in reservoirs could be restored. While there have been relatively few water mains bursts so far this cold season, there is strong evidence from the pattern of use that householders have reverted to running taps to "prevent water pipes bursting". 

From tomorrow, Tuesday 07th December each local authority will cut off supply in one of four designated areas in each authority area from 7pm to 7am next morning. 

This cut-off will be for each area in turn so that, in effect, each area will only be affected every 4th day.

Every household has sufficient supply for up to 12 hours minimum from roof-tanks installed according to water byelaws. So the minimum of inconvenience should be experienced if people use water supplies responsibly and plan for the non-supply period.

The Council will be emphasising the normal "conserve water" advice notices on their  website, but are reluctant to over-emphasise the need to conserve water as this, regrettably, had the opposite effect when used in the same context in January. So far there has been relatively few watermain bursts. A sudden thaw may bring an onset of these bursts and resultant pressure on our staff to repair them.


 Transportation staff, supplemented by staff from the Parks and Environment divisions endeavour to keep roads, rail stations and transport nodes, hospital access and school crossings accessible. The level of work involved here has been considerable, as will the water cut-offs for Water Services staff who will attend before and after the cut-off and resumption of supply.


Closure of Porterstown Road extended

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fingal County Council has made an order extending the period of the temporary closure of Porterstown Road at Porterstown Level Crossing on the dates and times indicated below, to facilitate the carrying out of essential maintenance works at the level crossing. 


(i)                  From 9.00 p.m. on Saturday 11th December 2010 to 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 12th December 2010.
(ii)                Each night from 9.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m. from Monday 13th December 2010 to Friday 17th December 2010.
(iii)               From 9.00 p.m. on Saturday 18th December 2010 to 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 19th December 2010.

The alternative routes available are:-

(i)  via Clonsilla Road, Woodwall/Anna Liffey Mills Road, Luttrellstown Road and Porterstown Road (Part Of).

(ii) via Clonsilla Road, Diswellstown Road, Carpenterstown Road, Luttrellstown Road and Porterstown Road (Part Of).

Local access will be maintained.


Reservoir levels in the Howth area

Friday, December 3, 2010

Reservoir levels in the Howth area are very low due to the increased demand on the water supply network during this extended cold spell of weather and a leakage issue.

Efforts are being made to locate and repair the leak.  Water supply will be disrupted for intermittent periods during the day while we locate this leak.

Customers in Howth are asked to use water sparingly and only for essential purposes in order to maintain reservoir levels and to avoid further disruptions to supply.


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