Failure to name waste providers may bring fines

A NUMBER of homes in Ballyfermot are facing fines after failing to confirm who their waste provider is, to Dublin City Council.

A pilot scheme was devised and rolled out in the area at the end of 2016, in an effort to tackle chronic illegal dumping in the Gurteen area.

Ballyfermot Sports Complex 28082017Ballyfermot Sports Complex have faced major difficulties with bags of domestic rubbish being dumped in their grounds

In February, The Echo reported how over 30 homes were facing fines after failing to respond to enquiries from Dublin City Council regarding how they dispose of their domestic waste.

Letters were sent out to 126 homes in the Gurteen area – enquiring as to the waste arrangements for each property in relation to the 2013 Waste Bye Laws.

As of this week, nine homes have failed to respond to the local authority, and face fines of €75.

The local school Mary Queen of Angels and Ballyfermot Sports Complex have faced major difficulties with bags of domestic rubbish being dumped in their grounds.

The school instruct their caretaker to take out their rubbish in the morning, lest bags are added to their pile overnight.

Independent Councillor Vincent Jackson firmly believes “four or five houses, who are not poor” are responsible for the majority of waste pollution in the area.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said: “Similar schemes are ongoing and may be rolled out in other areas in the event of non-compliance with the bye-laws.

In 2014, gardai assisted litter wardens as they called into homes in Bluebell, asking a number of homes for proof of their waste provider.

Earlier this year, both DCC and South Dublin County Council have introduced proposals to use drones to combat illegal dumping.

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