Caught in the act - van driver dumping rubbish at city business park

Caught in the act - van driver dumping rubbish at city business park
The van which was caught on camera being used to dump rubbish just yards from the Ellis's Yard illegal dump which was recently cleaned up at a cost of €53,000 to taxpayers. 

A BRAZEN dumper has been caught on camera fly-tipping just metres from the former illegal dump at Ellis’s Yard on Cork’s north side.

The culprit was seen on CCTV driving into the Northside for Business campus, located next to Ellis’s Yard, to unload a van full of rubbish.

A number of items were dumped on the site before the van drove off.

Ellis’s Yard, beside the Spring Lane halting site, was recently cleaned up at a cost of €53,000 to Cork City Council after years of rampant dumping saw the accumulation of 200,000kg of domestic waste and 4,500kg of asbestos.

CCTV and security measures were installed around Ellis’s Yard to prevent further fly-tipping, but it’s now feared the dumpers have merely moved to other nearby sites in Ballyvolane and Mayfield.

Rubbish dumped at the grounds of the Northside for Business campus.
Rubbish dumped at the grounds of the Northside for Business campus.

JJ O’Connell, director of the Northside for Business campus, said the dumpers were unaware that the campus had its own CCTV. Footage has been forwarded onto the relevant authorities so they can pursue prosecution.

Mr O’Connell said: “We are monitoring this. With the cleaning of Ellis’s Yard, obviously, someone went to dump there and then they decided to move down towards our site.

“We have very good cameras and we are not going to put up with this. We have to stop this behaviour. This matter will be pursued. These people have to stop their dumping.

“The whole Northside for Business project is about breeding enterprise. We are making great headway and we have good resources and we have the opportunity to do some really good things but we have to put a full-stop around this behaviour as best we can.”

Bylaws passed by City Hall last week will see local authority officials get tough on illegal dumpers, as they now have the power to investigate and pursue prosecutions against households which don’t have proof they are using approved waste collection services.

Householders face fixed fines of €75, while proven fly-tippers will be prosecuted and may face fines of up to €2,500.

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