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City council spends €670,000 a year cleaning up after illegal dumping

Ryan Nugent

Published 17/06/2016 | 02:30

Dublin City Council spends more than half a million euro each year on cleaning up rubbish dumped illegally in the capital. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Dublin City Council spends more than half a million euro each year on cleaning up rubbish dumped illegally in the capital. Photo: RollingNews.ie

Dublin City Council spends more than half a million euro each year on cleaning up rubbish dumped illegally in the capital.

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Figured released by the council's waste management service give an estimate of a staggering €670,000 spent in both 2014 and 2015 on illegal dumping across the five city council managed areas of Dublin.

The costs were released after a question by Ballymun councillor Noeleen Reilly, and come shortly after the council decided to publicly shame illegal dumpers who leave their household rubbish on the streets.

In April, the council put up a poster by Frankfort Cottages near the Five Lamps in the north inner city - one of Dublin's prime litter blackspots.

The poster included blurred photographs of people who had dumped illegally in the area.

John McPartland, from Dublin City Council's environmental unit, said that the photos were to show locals who was dumping in the area.

Fianna Fáil spokesman for Expenditure and Reform, Dara Calleary, told the Irish Independent that illegal dumping would become more commonplace if waste companies continued to increase their costs.

He said homeowners were trying to do the right thing, but would find the new pay-by-weight system too expensive.

"This problem will get worse because people will not be able to afford the figures that are being suggested," Mr Calleary said.

"Families will not be able to afford €600-€700. The frustrating thing is that the majority of people don't want to be in a situation where they are illegally dumping."

Irish Independent

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