THE cost of paying for a refuse collection service is contributing to the litter problem in Naas.
A piece of waste ground close the Rathasker Road, which also functions as a walkway is the latest public area to become littered.
“This has been a problem area for the Tidy Towns group and a number of areas used by walkers have become littered.
Already we have done a big clean up along the Craddockstown Road past the nursing home. We spent three days there and collected some 40 bags of refuse as well as items like mattresses,” said Cllr. Seamie Moore.
He said it is easier to dump here because it is possible to drive along that road and come out at the other end without having to go back.
“The Rathasker Road is effectively a cul de sac which means people have to return along the route but obviously it hasn’t deterred them,” added Cllr. Moore.
He believes people are arriving at quiet areas and leaving refuse behind rather than pay to have it collected.
“Several areas have been used such as the Canal Harbour, the Alley (off Rathasker Road) and at the water tower close to the boxing club and in the vicinity of Market House. In some cases it’s more to do with drinking but in others it is deliberate dumping.”
He believes that economic circumstances have forced many people to stop paying and the problem in outside apartments is worse.
At a recent Naas Town Council meeting Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken complained about the level of dumping of household refuse and said that local people were responsible.
- Paul O’Meara