At Diamond Valley we are proud of our recycling record. Waste is source segregated into 7 different streams by residents (read more about our recycling here http://www.diamondvalley.ie/Recycling.HTML).
However, sometimes we have waste to discard that doesn’t seem to have a designated home in our recycling bins. What do you do with an item of old battered furniture, or a TV that doesn’t work any more, for instance?
Well what you absolutely do not do is sneak it into the underground carpark to become someone else’s problem. There are alternatives you can manage yourself at modest or no cost.
There is a wealth of choice of zero-cost outlets for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (officially called WEE).
If the waste is generated as a result of displacement – i.e. if you buy a new TV - then you probably have paid for the cost of disposing your old TV in the price of the new one.
Electrical outlets like PowerCity dedicate areas for collecting old TVs, washing machines, radios, DVD players etc.
If your old TV has no newly purchased replacement then you can take it to a drop-off point free of charge. The closest to Diamond Valley is Greenstar’s Fassaroe recycling facility (leaving Bray along the Dargle Road, pass over the Fassaroe motorway bridge, through the roundabout and up to the top of the hill).
Another choice is Bray Town Council’s recycling collection point just off the Boghall Road, which accepts most types of recyclables and which has the added advantage of having a charity shop on-site.
Old furniture that is still in good condition should be advertised on free-to-good-home websites like www.freetradeireland.ie before you consider any other form of disposal. If it is in such bad condition that it simply cannot be safely reused or repaired then you can load it into your car and take it up the road to the Greenstar facility in Fassaroe.
Greenstar will charge you 15c/kg or a minimum of €25 for a car of non-hazardous waste, so it pays to save your unrecyclables up and do it in a single trip. Queue up with the big lorries to cross the weighbridge and the kind Greenstar people will help you from there.
Another option a bit outside Bray is the Ballyogan Recycling Park operated by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC (near the Carrickmines Retail Park) which accepts most types of recyclables including WEEE free of charge but charges for non-recyclable residuals (like that bulky old sofa!) and even opens on Sunday, just in case you hadn’t realised that Recycling is a new religion. www.dlrcoco.ie
Greenstar Recycling Fassaroe facility accepts waste Mon-Sat 8am to 5pm.
Bray Council Recycling Facility Open Mon – Thurs 9.30am to 4pm. Fri 9.30am to 3.30pm, Sat 9.30am to 1.45pm
Ballyogan Recycling Park Open Mon – Fri 8.30am to 5.30am, Sat 9.30am to 5.30am and Sun/BH 10.30am -5.30am