Getting in the Arctic waste
by Matt Britton
The arctic conditions in the county which have been with us now for practically a month have shown us that there are many things that we take for granted but really form an essential part of our daily living.
We are well know throughout the world for the high levels of rainfall and resultant green landscape but what exactly happens when the water goes off? Suddenly the all important early morning cup of coffee is absent, the heating doesn't work, cooking becomes a major challenge and all of a sudden, we become the great unwashed.
Likewise with refuse collection we assume come rain, wind or snow the big lorry will just arrive and bring away all the refuse and waste of the last number of weeks away.
The sub-zero conditions and impassable secondary roads have also had their effect on this necessary service but one man took steps well in advance to ensure that all his customers were looked after.
Shaun Molloy from Donegal Waste told the Donegal Democrat: "People do not realise the importance of getting rid of the refuse at this time of the year - if it is left lying around it will just attract rodents and scavengers into the house.
"Having learned the lessons from last year, we bought some smaller vans to haul the waste from snowed-in customers in inaccessible areas where our trucks could not access safely. It was patently obvious to us in late November that our larger trucks were not going to be able to negotiate many of the secondary country roads and lanes and thankfully we have managed to maintain a complete service in the south west of the county which has been particularly badly hit this year."
Shaun added, "We will be out there once again after the Christmas celebrations ensuring that the last of the turkey and ham is properly disposed off and indeed, that all the Christmas wrapping has been careful re-cycled."