Thursday 22 February 2018

Dirty Dublin cleaner after rubbish blitz

THE dirty old town appears to be getting a bit cleaner
THE dirty old town appears to be getting a bit cleaner

Niall O’Connor

THE dirty old town appears to be getting a bit cleaner.

New figures reveal a significant reduction in dumped rubbish being removed from Dublin streets.

Some 571 dumped bags were removed by council staff in the North Inner City last month and thoroughly investigated to find the culprits.

This represents a dramatic decrease from the 2,200 bags on average that were being removed during the height of the dumping crisis this year.

Dublin City Council staff have been running a major operation in a bid to crackdown the city's litter crisis.

Figures provided to city representatives show that 266 streets were inspected by litter wardens in June alone.

All of the 571 bags were investigated by council officials in a bid to catch the culprits. There was public uproar earlier this year |when the council examined whether to end their daily clean-ups in parts of the city plagued by dumping.

The plan however was never followed through and the council has been running a major campaign to clamp down on illegal dumping.

Dozens of posters have been placed in litter black- spots warning people against dumping.

Council staff are also “blitzing” particular areas where dumping is a major problem and have vowed to enforce bye-laws.

Fine Gael councillor Ray McAdam said the dumping problem in the North Inner City is “slowly starting to improve”.

But he added that much work still needs to be done.

“From being out canvassing and speaking to my constituents, I can see the tentative signs that the dumping problem across the North Inner City is lessening and that things are slowly starting to improve. That being said, much work remains to be done in order to completely tackle the problem.

“Many of the 28 recommendations from the North Inner City Litter Action Group have been included in the new City Waste Bye Laws. As these new regulations are implemented, I believe we will begin to see a vast improvement in the general littering and dumping problem affecting the communities I represent.”

He added: “In addition to these bye laws, the Council is taking a pro-active approach in addressing the causes of illegal dumping, particularly in relation to the issue of sub-standard privately rented accommodation.”

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