Cork County Council is reporting a “concerning” increase in illegal dumping, littering and the misuse of street bins for household waste.
It says the increase in public littering means that streets which would normally be cleared every two or three days now need to be cleaned on a daily basis, and says people should dispose of domestic waste responsibly and stop using public bins for the disposal of domestic rubbish.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey stressed the local authority is monitoring the situation, and reminded people that littering and fly-tipping are offences that can be subject to fines.
“Our Civic Amenity Sites have re-opened to facilitate the responsible disposal of household waste for people who do not have a waste collection service. There is no excuse for using street bins to get rid of domestic waste. It is also a public health concern,” he said.
Cork County Council’s Civic Amenity Sites are currently open for essential waste disposal.
This includes up to three black bags of domestic waste, along with glass bottles and cans for recycling.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Ian Doyle has urged citizens and Tidy Town members across county Cork not to go outdoors to clean up litter at this time.
“We appreciate all the great work you do and look forward to working together again soon, but for now we must ask everyone to stay home and stay safe while restrictions remain in place. The Council’s crews are working hard to keep our streets clean. If you do see dumping or littering please report it online at www.yourcouncil.ie," he said.