MALLOW Town Council has vowed to get tough on what has been described as the "serial dumping" of rubbish at blackspots in the town.
The issue was raised at the authority's May monthly meeting by town Mayor Cllr Noel O'Connor (FG) who asked what action was being taken to eliminate serial dumping in certain parts of the town.
"I think that we have all identified certain 'pinch points' in the town, such as Fair Street, where people seem to think that they have the right to dump their rubbish and have no shame in doing so," said Cllr O'Connor.
Cllr Ronan Sheehan (Lab) said that while he appreciated the council was taking steps to address the issue, officials needed to tackle the problem "head on".
"Judging by the contents of the bags, it seems to be the same people who consistently dump rubbish in places like Davis Lane and Carmichael Lane. It's like they are giving two fingers up to this council and the people of Mallow," he said.
"It seems this is a small enough group of people doing this and I believe that we should come down hard on them as this kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable," he added.
Town clerk Liz Donovan said the council was working hard to address the problem, pointing out they had successfully pursued one case through the courts.
"Within the last fortnight the district court handed down a fine of €1,000 in a case we took in relation to dumping on Shoulders Lane," said Ms Donovan.
She took up a point made by Cllr Dan Joe Fitzgerald (FF) in relation to the use of mobile cameras to catch people in the act. "We used them on a pilot scheme last year and intend to do that again this summer. If we do catch someone illegally dumping rubbish in the town we will prosecute them," said Ms Donovan.