Illegal dumping has become an ‘epidemic’

Illegal dumping has become an ‘epidemic’
Rubbish dumped on the Tarry path between Avonmore Park and Ballinderry Park, MayfieldPicture: Eddie O'Hare

ILLEGAL DUMPING has become an “epidemic” and is now a behavioural issue in the city, it has been claimed.

Calls have been made for a City Hall-led task force to be set up to tackle dumping.

“I am calling for a multi-directorate taskforce to be set up,” city councillor Joe Kavanagh has said.

“This is an epidemic now. This is getting worse and worse by the day,” he added.

“I feel sorry for the environment directorate because it is so difficult to tackle this. It has become a behavioural issue within certain areas and it’s only a small minority of people destroying the local area for everybody else. It’s an absolute disgrace what is going on there at the moment.”

Rubbish at Killala Gardens. Picture Dan Linehan
Rubbish at Killala Gardens. Picture Dan Linehan

Worker’s Party representative Ted Tynan said there has been an increase in dumping at the Tarry Path in Mayfield in recent weeks and he believes the privatisation of waste collection services, that were once provided by the local authority, is to blame.

“Dumping has been a major issue in my area over the Christmas period. Cork City Council came out last week and carried out a major clean-up operation on the Tarry Path. There is a reason why some of this is happening,” he said. “When Cork City Council were the owners of the waste management services in Cork city there was very little illegal dumping going on.

“There was always a tiny minority of people. Since the service has been privatised, the situation has deteriorated. The privatisation has been a major blunder.”

Dumping of needles on the roadside over Christmas, at Captain's Boreen, Carrigaline. Pic; Larry Cummins
Dumping of needles on the roadside over Christmas, at Captain's Boreen, Carrigaline. Pic; Larry Cummins

He added City Council working with the gardaí could be the first step to tacking the problem and said he hoped waste collection services could come back under the remit of City Council in the future.

Councillor Kavanagh has been given the backing of local residents to ask the council to turn the dumping area at Avonmore Park into a public amenity.

It’s proposed to call a new park ‘Mayfield Memorial Park’ in memory of all the people in the area that have been affected by suicide.

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