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75pc ignored council plea on dumping

THREE in four Dublin city householders who were asked to explain how they dispose of their rubbish have ignored the request.

Dublin City Council chiefs wrote 150 letters to its tenants in the north inner city, an area hit by illegal dumping.

However, the local authority received just 38 replies – just over 25pc of the total number.

The council targeted the zone bounded by the North Strand, Amiens Street, Buckingham Street, Summerhill, Ballybough Road and Clonliffe Road, referred to by the local authority as 'Quadrant 1'.

It is the worst area for illegal dumping, with council workers removing thousands of bags from the streets every day.

The local authority has undertaken a publicity drive to try to curtail the problem.

"Over the last number of weeks the council's central area office, in conjunction with media relations, has worked on and promoted a poster campaign, which will target the areas in the north inner city and the wider central area most affected by illegal dumping and littering," city official Brendan Hayden said in a report.

Survey

Some 48 posters carrying the central area litter hotline phone number are on display.

In addition, more than 200 posters have been attached to lamp-posts throughout the north inner city.

A survey of the zone from Gardiner Street to Richmond Crescent and taking in Mountjoy Square, North Great Charles Street, Summerhill and Fitzgibbon Street showed all roads had "high levels of disregarded rubbish", Mr Hayden stated.

Mr Hayden said officials from the environmental health section are to target houses in the district over the coming weeks.

"The operations of the environmental health section in the area will, it is hoped, also help to identify those people who do not avail themselves of a waste collection service and who indiscriminately dump rubbish on to the streets, with the expectation that Dublin City Council will collect it," he added.

Mr Hayden said the council intends to enforce the bye-laws on illegal dumping in a "highly visible format which will involve a blitz of identified areas".

comurphy@herald.ie


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