Based on results from a previous trial, the 16 bins it plans to roll out along Clontarf promenade will offer just two options: recycling or general waste.
They kept out the birds, and made rubbish look neater, but they were tricky for people to use, and didn’t seem to help with illegal dumping.
Councillors on the Central Area Committee agreed a motion that the council should pilot two such wardens, in neighbourhoods north and south of the Liffey.
Local residents and councillors say they want more amenities and have not been consulted, which the council explains by saying it is still at an early stage.
Giving more support to community groups to tidy streets, and finding ways to encourage that, is one way to help, they say.
Dublin City Council plans to install new secure storage for rubbish bins at five locations within the Oliver Bond House complex, to discourage illegal dumping,
The current idea is that one street either in Stoneybatter or Portobello would get access to on-street communal bins as part of the council’s pilot.
“People are looking for an excuse to get out and about, so why not double up on your exercise and get a bit of community spirit while you’re at it?” says Eoin Neylon of Tidy Drimnagh.
The Precious Plastic crew were hard at work on a recent Saturday, sawing and wiring to make a machine to reuse single-use plastics. They’re open to others getting stuck in.
But it’s unclear why. One resident of Herbert Lane says he’s left with little choice but to go back to waste bags, not bins – the opposite of council policy.