The chair of the Ballincollig Tidy Towns, Tom Butler, has said he is aware of people from the city who have been fined for dumping rubbish in Ballincollig.
Mr Butler said it was a sad fact that we were a “dirty nation” and the dumping was a part of human nature.
Ballincollig, which came second overall in the 2018 Tidy Towns competition, has a strong Tidy Towns community which is kept very busy cleaning up after dumping at recycling centres and other areas. Mr Butler said they find all kinds of things being dumped, from false teeth to TV’s, prams, flowerpots, plates, rugs and duvets.
“There is a minority with civic pride, most people don’t care about their local area.”
Local Fianna Fáil representative Colm Kelleher said CCTV is needed in recycling centres to deter dumpers from leaving all kinds of rubbish at the sites.
Mr Kelleher said it is disheartening to see the littering and dumping in Ballincollig when they are trying to build on the momentum of last year’s Tidy Town’s podium finish to strive for first place in 2019.
“The work the Ballincollig Tidy Towns do is all voluntary, and the magnitude of it is spectacular. They have people out every day of the week cleaning up.”
Both Mr Kelleher and Mr Butler said that littering was becoming an epidemic in Cork, not just Ballincollig, and that they had heard that other areas were having similar problems to themselves.
“It is demoralising and disheartening,” Mr Butler said. “We clean up an area and the next morning it is filthy again.”
The local area representative Mr Kelleher said that CCTV was needed to curb the spate of dumping across Cork and Mr Butler said a name and shame policy needed to be introduced as soon as possible.
“If you are caught shoplifting in Cork, your name is in the paper — why not for dumping?”