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City litter bins may be back in dumping U-turn

CITY chiefs may put back the litter bins that were removed after people used them to dump their household rubbish.

It comes after councillors branded the removal policy "crazy" and "nonsensical".

Nearly 200 litter bins have been taken off streets around the capital since 2011.

The dumping of household waste was cited one of the reasons for the strategy.

However, following a strong reaction from councillors, Dublin City Council expressed a willingness to replace them.

Some 58 have been removed this year so far, with another 140 being done away with in 2011.

Seven bins have been removed from the Nutley Lane and Nutley Park area in Dublin 4, beside the RTE campus, in the past few weeks.

The council says it recognises the need for the "targeted placement" of bins to combat littering.

In total, 5,000 bins have been installed throughout the city.



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However, the service is under review to "achieve efficiencies due to budgetary constraints and also to address emerging issues", city official Sean Purcell stated in a report.

So far, two issues have been identified. Mr Purcell said: "One was the under use of bins in residential areas. Under use of bins indicates a lack of need for the bin. The servicing of under-used bins in residential areas is considered an inefficient use of scarce resources."

Another problem was the "abuse" of bins, which are being used as dumping grounds for household waste by residents "in an attempt to avoid the payment of waste charges".

Mr Purcell added: "It is an offence under the Litter Pollution Acts to place waste into or near a litter receptacle."

Labour councillor Dermot Lacey had said: "Getting rid of them is crazy. It's one of the things that is really annoying councillors. If we want to have a clean city, we have to have bins. It's a nonsensical policy."

comurphy@herald.ie


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