Warn­ing on fly­tip­ping and il­le­gal dump­ing

The Argus - - NEWS - By Mar­garet Roddy

The prob­lem of il­le­gal dump­ing and fly tip­ping shows no sign of slow­ing down with a num­ber of in­ci­dents re­ported over the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

Sinn Féin ac­tivist and lo­cal elec­tion can­di­date Eu­gene Garvey has called on the pub­lic to be mind­ful of how and where their rub­bish is be­ing dis­posed.

This fol­lows on calls he re­ceived from res­i­dents of Oak­land Park who dis­cov­ered bulk items dis­carded in an al­ley­way in the area.

‘ There was a suite of fur­ni­ture, a mat­tress that had been set on fire and even gar­den items like trees just dumped there,’ he said. ‘I talked to a few of the res­i­dents and they re­ported see­ing a van in the area and be­lieve this is where the rub­bish came from.’

Eu­gene re­minded peo­ple that ‘ pay­ing ‘a man with a van’ to come and col­lect rub­bish from your home does not ex­on­er­ate you from re­spon­si­bil­ity or pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion, even if you have paid some­one in good faith.’

‘It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the house­holder to en­sure they use li­cenced waste col­lec­tors to dis­pose of their rub­bish,’ he con­tin­ued. ‘If these peo­ple are paid to take away your items and end up dump­ing them in an al­ley­way or at a beauty spot, then it is still the house­holder that will face pros­e­cu­tion as it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure it has been dis­posed of ap­pro­pri­ately.’

He urged peo­ple to be par­tic­u­larly vig­i­lant this time of year when they have ex­tra rub­bish to get rid off.

A quan­tity of car­pet was dumped at Bel­lur­gan Point just be­fore Christ­mas and has since been re­moved by Louth County Coun­cil.

Sinn Féin ac­tivist and lo­cal elec­tion can­di­date Eu­gene Garvey at the lo­ca­tion of the il­le­gal dump­ing.

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