Tidy Towns group: 'CCTV needed to catch dumpers'

Tidy Towns group: 'CCTV needed to catch dumpers'
An array of unwanted clothes left alongside full collection bins in Ballincollig.

Cameras to monitor the Ballincollig bring sites are needed to prevent items being discarded alongside overflowing bins, the Ballincollig Tidy Towns group has said.

The city suburb volunteer organisation said they were very upset at the “disgusting” and “disrespectful” behaviour of some people who are abandoning unwanted clothes and empty glass bottles at overflowing amenity sites in the town.

Speaking to The Echo, Chairperson of the organisation Tom Butler said there was no one else to blame other than the people themselves.

“People are doing massive cleanouts, wardrobes and spare rooms, and they are bringing down their unwanted items and just leaving them here.

“There is a mentality of, ‘Well I’ve brought them this far,’ but it is very disrespectful and it's disgusting.” 

Mr Butler, who has been the chairperson of the organisation for the past 20 years, stressed that the vast majority of people don’t behave like this, but it only takes one or two to ruin it for everyone.

Pictures, taken on Monday, May 4, of bottles left beside overflowing bottle bins in Ballincollig.
Pictures, taken on Monday, May 4, of bottles left beside overflowing bottle bins in Ballincollig.

“If people have been sticking to the 2km radius that means that these people are in our community, which is very upsetting.” 

Posting on the Ballincollig Tidy Town website, Mr Butler said: “What a terrible pity that this is the sight greeting us at the Recycling Bins in Ballincollig. How can Ballincollig Tidy Towns work so hard to keep the town looking its best and when the people’s support is needed the most we feel so let down. This really is a disgrace.” 

Mr Butler said there used to be cameras at the site which is just off the main street of Ballincolllig, behind Quish’s SuperValu, and at that time the facilities were spotless.

“The cameras act as a deterrent but if people are not going to be seen they just take free reign and do what they like.” Speaking about the main issue he has with the ongoing trend, Mr Butler said it showed a lack of pride in the local community.

“The majority of people have the best interests of the community at heart, and maybe these people are not from the area, but if it is people within 2km, it is very disappointing.”

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