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City crackdown on residents who don't pay for their bins

DUBLIN city officials are finalising plans with gardai to blitz householders who don't pay bin charges.

The operation will take place in the north inner city from January 1, 2014, and involve door-to-door visits.

The move is the latest tactic by Dublin City Council to confront the capital's chronic dumping problem, which is particularly bad in the Dublin 1, 3 and 7 areas.

In cases where no waste fees are paid, householders will be required to show how they legally dispose of their rubbish.

Measures already undertaken by the council have had "some positive impact" but the "overall effect has been disappointing", city official Brendan Hayden said in a report.

Included in the strategies so far have been street surveys to determine the extent of the problem, school presentations, community group supports and a media information campaign.

"We still face major problems of illegal dumping and in particular dealing with litter blackspots in the north inner city and these concerns continue to exist in spite of the setting up of NICLAG (the North Inner City Litter Action Group) 10 months ago," Mr Hayden said.


"It is therefore recommended that we bring the issue of illegal dumping to a higher level and this should be done in conjunction with the full implementation of the new litter bye-laws in January 2014," Mr Hayden said.

"This should include an emphasis on door-to-door visits to all homes in a selected or designated area in the north inner city, which should include DCC houses, private rented houses with multiple units, single rented and/or private dwellings and businesses in an area acknowledged to be a litter blackspot."

The purpose of the house calls is to determine how individuals dispose of their domestic waste. Enforcement action – which could include fines – will be taken where evidence of non-compliance with litter pollution laws is identified.

The council lifts 1,000 illegally dumped rubbish bags a day in the north inner city alone, despite getting out of the bin collection business in January last year.