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Illegal rubbish dumpers told: "Dublin City Council is coming after you"

A Dublin councillor said that landlords need to have adequate facilities for their tenants when dumping.

Illegal rubbish dumping in Dublin.
Illegal rubbish dumping in Dublin.
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LEGISLATION IS NEEDED to penalise landlords whose behaviour encourages their tenants to dump rubbish illegally, a Dublin councillor has said.

Christy Burke, a councillor for Dublin’s north inner city area, was speaking as the council ramped up its efforts to curb illegal dumping in the city centre.

He warned people dumping rubbish illegally:

Dublin City Council is coming after you – so watch out.

He said that he agrees with Dublin City Council when it comes to CCTV, as “anyone illegally dumping will automatically cover their face”. It is understood the council is not planning to add more CCTV cameras under its 2o14 plan.


He said that in parts of the north inner city area, it is “disgusting” what council staff have to deal with when removing rubbish.

“I have jumped out of the car stopping people dumping bags,” said Burke.

He indicated that part of the problem is multi-tenant units.

“The problem is that until we get the legislation that landlords will be penalised if they don’t have [an] adequate proper dumping area, and if they don’t produce evidence of receipts… we need that legislation,” he said.

New bye laws allow council staff to call to houses and ask tenants if they can prove what company is collecting their rubbish.

This initiative was rolled out in January and Burke said that the council staff are calling to both private and city council tenants.

“I’d like to see a name and shame,” said Burke. “I’d like to see enforcement so stringent that there is an approach, infringement and name and shame.”

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