Monday 17 June 2019

Major blaze prevented at site of 'brazen' tyre dump

The smouldering scene at Carrickarnon where hundreds of tyres were set alight
The smouldering scene at Carrickarnon where hundreds of tyres were set alight

The quick response of fire crews from Dundalk is believed to have prevented a huge blaze at the site of a major dump of tyres along the Louth/Armagh border on Sunday night.

The tyres were dumped close to the M1 motorway, at the old Customs weigh bridge overnight on Thursday/Friday morning last.

The discovery was quickly condemned by north Louth Councillor Antoin Watters, who took to social media to post photographs of what appeared to be hundreds of old tyres at the site.

Speaking about the incident, Cllr. Watters said: 'Illegal dumping of tyres has hit a new low. Hundreds of tyres dumped at the Old Customs Weigh Bridge along the Dual Carriageway between Dundalk and Newry.'

He hit out at the location of the massive dump of tyres, adding: 'This is one of the busiest roads in the country. It's is not like the remote location that the tyres were dumped in previously. This is more brazen and someone must have seen something.'

He highlighted the series of previous dumping of tyres in the north Louth area, adding 'It is similar in size to the first load of tyres dumped on the Turf Mountain at Edentubber earlier in the year.'

The north Louth Councillor has asked gardaí to look at CCTV along the route to see if it will help identify the vehicle behind the latest in a series of illegal dumpings, including tyres and appliances, close to the Border.'

There were attempts to set the tyres alight on Sunday night, but the quick response from fire crews in Dundalk prevented the blaze from spreading.

Disposal costs the taxpayer millions of euro every year.

In 2017 a levy of up to €2.80 was introduced to go towards the recycling of end-of-life car tyres.

But there was opposition from tyre industry groups who described the levy as 'unenforceable' and one that would not prevent people from dumping tyres.

The Argus