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Ellis Yard dumping site set for city council clean up

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:04pm

A clean up of Ellis Yard in Ballyvolane will start in the coming weeks and a plan is to be put in place to stop the ongoing dumping of rubbish on the site, the Cork Independent has learned.

It comes as Glenheights resident Noreen Murphy has written to the Environmental Protection Agency to complain about Cork City Council’s lack of action on the matter saying that it is affecting the health of those living in the area.

She is asking the council to “clean up its act” and stop people from dumping rubbish on the site which is often set on fire with the fire brigade attending the site very often to extinguish a fire.

Noreen said she has seen the dump and says there is both residential and commercial rubbish being dumped there.

She said: “While it’s mostly residential waste, there’s also bits of rubble, washing machines and electrical equipment dumped there too. It’s appalling. The owner of the property, Cork City Council, has failed to clean up that property.

“When it’s burning, the fumes are noxious. It’s effecting the health of those living nearby, not to mention what is seeping into the ground and getting into our water supply.”

Responding to the issues, Noel Murtagh with the Environmental and Recreation Department confirmed to the newspaper: “Cork City Council is developing a plan to deal with the ongoing issues at this site. it is envisaged that a clean-up operation will commence in the coming weeks in the area.”



Meanwhile, there's been an increase in dumping and flytipping in Newmarket after the Christmas period, a local TD has claimed. Fianna Fáil's Michael Moynihan expressed concerne that despite a Government iniative to tackle illegal dumping, rubbish is being left in public spaces and on roadsides in isolated rural parts of the region. 

Deputy Moynihan said: “It seems to be the case that following the busy Christmas period households have more waste than usual and bins are filling up fast. Sadly, people are choosing to illegally dump the rubbish that can’t be collected by their waste operators by the roadside rather than properly recycling it. On Tuesday afternoon, I have come across a number of spots of illegal dumping in the Newmarket area.”

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