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Dump this 'crazy' plan to remove our city bins

IT IS "crazy" to remove litter bins from Dublin streets, say politicians who have called for a rethink on the move.

Nearly 200 have been taken away since the start of 2011, it has emerged.

The dumping of household waste has been cited as one of the main reasons.

Domestic rubbish is being disposed of in large quantities in public bins across the city, it has been suggested.


However, councillors insist the local authority should have a rethink in order to protect cleanliness standards.

"Getting rid of them is crazy," Labour representative Dermot Lacey told the Herald.

"It's one of the things that is really annoying councillors. Officials are taking them away, saying they are being used to dump domestic waste. It is not something that is supported by most councillors."

One of the capital's premier addresses, Ailesbury Road in Dublin 4, lost four of its bins recently.

Some 58 have been removed this year so far, with 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.

Mr Lacey said officials could deal with the problem of dumping by having a differently designed container to make it impossible to deposit large amounts of rubbish at a time.

"If we want to have a clean city, we have to have bins. It's a nonsensical policy," he added.

The council told the Herald there were still 5,000 bins on Dublin's streets, with only 198 -- or 4pc -- being removed.

Some were taken away because they were abused but the majority did not serve a purpose as they were in residential areas.

The Dublin city area is already battling against a perception that it is littered.

Successive Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) surveys have branded some zones as litter blackspots, although the council has disputed the methodology used in the research.


Large parts of the capital were found to be heavily littered by IBAL.

The council accused the group of "misrepresentation" and suggested Dublin is periodically given a "bad report so as to achieve headlines".

But IBAL chairman, Dr Tom Cavanagh, said visitors to Dublin were being "exposed to widespread litter, starting at the roads from the airport itself".