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  • Northside West

Council targets illegal dumping

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Council targets illegal dumping

Litter illegally dumped in Ballymun over the Christmas holidays.

Council targets illegal dumping

Litter illegally dumped in Ballymun over the Christmas holidays.

DUBLIN City Council has vowed to step up efforts to clean up Ballymun after disappointing results in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey earlier this month.

Dozens of letters have already been sent out to families suspected of illegal dumping, and some have already received warnings.

The Northside area came 39th out of 40 areas in the survey carried out by national environment and heritage watchdog, An Taisce, on behalf of IBAL.

The result came despite the efforts of hard working local volunteers in Ballymun Tidy Towns and the deployment of mobile CCTV cameras targeting illegal dumping by Dublin City Council.

In a report to councillors, council officials in the area described Ballymun’s low marks in the survey as “disappointing” given the amount of residents working to keep their estates clean.

“Dumping at bottle banks was a particular issue and a plan will be put in place to try to limit this,” the report read.

Two areas listed in the survey - Ballymun/M50 roundabout and the R104 from St Margaret’s Road/IKEA - are in the Fingal area and council officials will contact the neighbouring local authority in relation to these.

The officials named Carton Estate and sections of Balbutcher Lane as areas that were presenting a challenge, but commended the efforts of residents of Willow Park and Main Street, Ballymun, which both received A grades in the IBAL survey.

The council report also highlighted an increase in illegal dumping around Ballymun. Officials have written to ten local families following reports that they may be responsible for dumping and has arranged interviews during which proof of bin collection will be requested and monitored.

The council’s Waste Management team and the local area office are working to combat illegal dumping at open spaces. CCTV cameras are being used to monitor blackspots and identify those responsible.

Areas targeted include Carton, Shangan and Knowth Court and several tenants have been called for interview and warned about their behaviour.

Meanwhile, 24 advisory notice letters have been sent out to residents in Ballygall Parade, advising them of their legal obligation to provide names and details of their waste disposal arrangements to the council.

A second letter will be sent out if they fail to respond and the process is to be replicated in other areas during 2018.

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