Residents of Kilnacourt Woods are fed up with illegal dumpers leaving household rubbish including used Christmas trees in their estate.
Resident Rory Conroy lives across the road from the area attracting rubbish, a shed containing litter bins for the apartment blocks, now broken open, with bags dumped and torn open on the path.
“It’s really desperate. I am amazed the place isn’t infested with rats, it’s intolerable,” he said.
He has reported the problem several times over the past two years to Laois County Council’s litter warden, as have other residents.
“They come out and clean it up, and within a couple of days, its back again,” he said.
Leinster Express photographer Michael Scully visited the estate last Friday but since then Mr Conroy says the rubbish more than doubled, as nighttime dumpers got rid of Christmas rubbish.
“Like most people, we dispose of our rubbish in the proper way, with a direct debit to a bin company. We are looking after our end. Unfortunately there are a lot of irresponsible people out there. Maybe they can’t afford it, but the bottom line is this is a dangerous situation. It will cause rats and all sorts of problems. I think the only solution is to demolish the compound,” said Mr Conroy.
Laois County Council’s environment section are sympathetic but say clearing the rubbish is the responsibility of the management company for the apartments.
“I know residents are at their wits’ end. The litter warden has been working with the management company, who are liable to clean it up. They can prosecute if they find evidence,” said environment officer Collette O’Rourke.
The highest number of incidents are reported in January and February she says.
“It doesn’t help that ditches die back, exposing waste,” Ms O’Rourke said.
She urged residents to be vigilant and report illegal activity to the litter hotline 1800 323230 or the Gardaí.
“A lot of the time it is local people dumping,” she said.