Local councillor Ger Keohane (IND) said a team of locals in Rathcooney are having to constantly clean up rubbish and put it into a bin provided by Cork County Council due to dumping taking place at night.
“There’s a terrible dumping problem up there,” said Mr Keohane.
“When you pass the cemetery and go down the back road to Ballyvolane, there is dumping on a continual basis. There were 21 bags dumped just before Christmas. This is happening for the last two years.
“I have requested covert cameras be installed in the area but nothing has happened. It appears to be household waste but we have also come across chicken heads on several occasions so some of it could be coming from a restaurant.
“This could be a ‘man with a van’ kind of a thing where people are having rubbish collected and unbeknownst to them it is being dumped. This needs to be eliminated,” he added.
“County Council has supplied an industrial waste bin and empties it weekly but only for these residents the area would be destroyed,” he added.
Some of the bags contain documents containing names of possible litter offenders.
Mr Keohane said: “Our councils do not have enough staff to combat illegal dumping. In my opinion, if they employ more staff to tackle this it would pay for itself in the long term. Issuing major fines and identifying these culprits who are convicted will discourage others from carrying out illegal dumping.”
Illegal dumping can be reported to Cork County Council at email@example.com.
New bylaws for the collection of household waste are due this year and will see householders quizzed by local authority officials on how they dispose of their waste.