Door-to-door inspections on way to combat illegal dumping 

Door-to-door inspections on way to combat illegal dumping 
Killala Gardens illegal dumping in the area. Picture Dan Linehan

CORK City Council is to carry out door-to-door inspections in areas around a northside estate where illegal dumping has led to a rat infestation.

The council’s TV licence-style inspections are part of a new clampdown on illegal dumping.

The City Council has already written to residents around Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny, seeking proof that they are disposing of their waste appropriately.

Approximately 40% of residents have responded to the local authority’s requests, and the Council will go door-to-door at the end of February to investigate other properties.

Residents will need to provide a bill from an authorised refuse collection company or other forms of proof that their rubbish is being disposed of in a legal manner.

Dumping in the area has become so bad in recent months that one resident had her garden taken over by an infestation of rats. New by-laws being adopted around the country this year will empower local authorities to act against homeowners who are suspected of illegally disposing of waste. Fixed penalties of €75 will be issued to households without a satisfactory system in place.

Repeat offenders will face fines up to €2,500.

The inspectors will go door to door seeking proof from households who are not customers of a waste collection company that they are disposing of their rubbish through civic amenity sites, recycling centre, or by sharing bins with others.

Sinn Féín city councillor Mick Nugent welcomed the inspections, saying that something needed to be done to tackle the minority of people who dump waste illegally.

"There is some severe illegal dumping in and around the area and in green areas nearby.

"It's a fine estate with fine people in it, and people will welcome that there will be action to tackle dumping," he said.

Mr Nugent also backed plans for wider investigations into illegal dumping across the city.

"We've had areas in the city that have - although somewhat unfairly, in my opinion - become national litter blackspots," he said, referring to the northside and Mahon's positions on the recent Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) rankings.

"We do need collective action on that," he said.

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