Donated clothes ‘dumped in drains’

Rubbish being cleared from Borris in Ossory bring bank last Friday December 4. CCTV cameras have now been installed at this and other banks by Laois County Council.
Businesses operating clothes banks are discarding their unwanted clothes in ditches and at bring banks, according to two Laois councillors.

Businesses operating clothes banks are discarding their unwanted clothes in ditches and at bring banks, according to two Laois councillors.

Cllr Brendan Phelan wants Laois County Council to cease approving any further collection licences unless the area is covered by CCTV security cameras, because of the amount of clothes and duvets being dumped.

He made the call at the December 11 meeting of the Borris-in-Ossory municipal district.

“They are emptying their bins, taking the clothes they want and leaving the rest at other bring banks. They are wrapping clothes in duvets and dumping them in dykes. I understand they have to get permits from the council. These people are in business servicing these bins. It seems a problem everywhere,” he said.

Cllr James Kelly backed up his claim.

He was on site when CCTV cameras were installed at a bring bank in Borris-in-Ossory last week, and a tractor and trailor load of dumped clothes and household rubbish was removed from the site by Laois County Council.

“It’s true, the same is happening in Mountrath, they are being dumped in drains as well,” he said.

“I would be reluctant to give any more permits for those bins, unless there are cameras. There are some reputable companies but others are fly by nights,” Cllr Phelan added.

Cllr John King then queried who was responsible to clear away items when they were dumped on private land.

“I got a call about dumping in Garron, Borris in Ossory. Does the council only collect on side roads, what if there is dumping in a field?” he asked.

“The landowner is responsible. We have had difficulties with Coillte owned land but they did clean it up later,” said director of services Anna Marie Delaney.

“The landowner didn’t put it there, yet he has to take it off and pay to dump it,” noted Cllr King.

Laois County Council’s website lists textile recycling at seven locations in the county, in Abbeyleix, Borris in Ossory, Clonaslee, Mountrath, Rathdowney, Portlaoise and Kyletalesha Landfill.