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‘Catch dumpers by the collar’

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:12pm

A local Green Party representative has praised renewed efforts to stamp out illegal dumping in the city.

Oliver Moran made the comments after a Cork City Council blitz on illegal dumping recently.

City Hall has attempted to crack down on ‘fly-tipping’ after recent large scale dumping took place in the river and its banks and conducted a full clean-up of the riverbank from the waterworks on the Lee Road to Wellington Bridge.

Mr Moran said he hoped a new by-law currently being drafted which would allow local authorities to demand proof from residents that they are using an authorised waste disposal service would help ease illegal dumping in the city: “This law would give licence to question those without a waste disposal company on how they are actually getting rid of their rubbish, and allow councils to find out the area codes of those who are not registered with a company,” he said.

“They could also demand that households produce receipts showing how their waste is being disposed by waste companies.”

Mr Moran, who will contest the next Cork North-Central election, said he was calling on the city council to ensure those responsibly disposing of their own waste were protected by the by-law, which could impose escalating fines on those caught.

Acknowledging that this would be difficult, he said however that the by-law would “catch dumpers by the collar”.

He concluded: “Look, there will always be fly-tipping. But I am happy that this would help catch a lot of it. Cork is definitely a hub for the zero-waste movement, with many people genuinely disposing of their own waste, or living a zero-waste lifestyle disposing of rubbish. It’s very important that this by-law doesn’t catch in its net people who are part of that group. They must be protected.”

As part of its clean-up efforts, Cork City Council received funding from Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten.

It has also installed CCTV installed at several locations on the route to deter dumpers.

City Council Senior Executive Engineer Tony T O’Sullivan said: “Residents contacted us as they were tired of what was taking place in their community.

“This kind of behaviour has an impact on the aquatic life in the river, and it also effects the operation of the waterworks,” he concluded.

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