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Five names identified in dump clean up

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:47pm

Five names and addresses have been identified among the rubbish that was cleared up from an illegal dump in Cork city.

Cork City Council is said to have spent €60,000 cleaning up Ellis’ Yard and securing the site to deter from further fly tipping and illegal dumping.

Residential and commercial rubbish as well as waste from building sites was found during the mammoth clean up where more than 184 tonnes of rubbish was removed. The council estimates that 12 lorry loads of trash was removed from the Ballyvolane site.

At Monday’s meeting of Cork City Council, head of environment Valerie O’Sullivan said: “We have five definite names and addresses that we will be following up on.”

It comes as councillors will be voting on new by laws to dissuade people from dumping. It’s understood that the new by laws will be passed by councillors at the next meeting on Cork City Council on 19 March. One of the by laws includes having to prove how people are getting rid of their household waste, whether it’s receipts from waste collectors or legitimately run dumps.

Sinn Féin Cllr Thomas Gould said dumping was a city-wide issue that needed to be tackled and thanked council management for the in depth clean-up of Ellis’ Yard while also welcoming the proposed by laws.

He said: “There’s an onus on us now. We need to tackle illegal dumping all over the city. People have to be taken to court and if they are council tenants they need to know that their tenancy is in jeopardy if they are not getting rid of their rubbish correctly. We have to start sending a clear message that it’s not accepted.”

Solidarity’s Fiona Ryan said that the council needs to hire more litter wardens.

Fianna Fáil Cllr John Sheehan agreed with Cllr Gould’s sentiment that there were issues with dumping across the city.

He added: “Hopefully Ellis’ Yard will remain litter free and prosecutions will arise out of it.”

He said he was also looking forward to the new by laws coming into effect as he said there were people living in areas of his Cork City North-Central ward who were dumping so much that the council has become a litter collector for them.

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