UNSCRUPULOUS house holders have taken to dumping their rubbish under the cover of darkness in the hedgerows of rural county Kilkenny.
According to the Environment Section of Kilkenny County Council the problem gets much worse during the winter period as the dumpers operate under the cover of darkness.
A waste disposal contractor for Kilkenny County Council told the Kilkenny People that the problem had gotten much worse in recent months with the volume of the rubbish being dumped increasing dramatically. He said that he was no longer just removing single bags from the side of the road but whole truckloads of rubbish are being found under hedgerows.
The environment section of Kilkenny County Council said that the figures for illegal dumping in the County have remained broadly static annually but they did admit that there is a seasonal surge in so called fly-tipping during the shorter days and that their had been a decrease in the number of householders availing of a refuse collection service nationwide due to the economic turn down. A spokesperson for the council said “The first three months of the year are traditionally busy for illegal dumping due to shorter day light hours, as illegal dumpers like to operate at night. However this trend usually levels out as the year progresses.”
Kilkenny County Council had operated a name and shame policy as an added deterrent to fly-tippers until last summer. The Data Protection Office has indicated that they can no longer name and shame dumpers. Kilkenny Local Authority now ensures that every successful prosecution is highlighted by a press release immediately after the court date.
Kilkenny County Council’s enforcement service continues to provide a rapid response to illegal dumping and encourages the public to report incidents to the litter hotline 1800-200-156. The Litter Warden continues to identify illegal activity by means of CCTV, retrieved evidence and door to door waste receipt enquiries to identify people who cannot account for their waste.