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21/10/2021

Call to clamp down on illegal dumping in Athy

Bags of domestic waste found in park

Call to clamp down on illegal dumping in Athy

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A call has been made for the council to clamp down on illegal dumping in Athy after bags of domestic waste were dumped in public park beside the rubbish bin.

Cllr Mark Wall raised tabled a motion for the council to urgently reconvene a meeting that was to take place of all agencies with a remit for illegal dumping in the dare given the amount of fly tipping taking place at the moment.

Members heard that ten bags were dumped in one particular area of Athy over three days, according to Cllr Wall.

“We’re in a crisis with one particular road where ten bags were dumped over the last three days,” he said.

“Also there has been ongoing dumping in the public park in Athy. The amount of litter being dumped from people just winding down their windows and throwing bags out – it is disgusting.”

Cllr Brian Dooley added that a reward reuse policy could be adopted locally as well as a zero tolerance policy.

Members heard that 600 fines were issued by the council last year and that CCTV footage is currently being used in ‘hotspot’ litter areas.

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