New waste warning letters sent to Laois households to combat illegal dumping

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Dumping in O'Moore Place / Lake Glen in Portlaoise that prompted letters sent out to local householders asking for proof of a bin provider. Photo from Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley.

Dumping in O'Moore Place / Lake Glen in Portlaoise that prompted letters sent out to local householders asking for proof of a bin provider. Photo from Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley.

Warning letters have been issued to 200 Laois households demanding proof of who collects their rubbish.

The action by Laois County Council follows the updating of laws to combat widespread dumping.

The Council report says letters were sent to O’Moore Place and Lake Glen estates in Portlaoise, Kilnacourt Woods and Tannery in Portarlington, and Rushall Estate and three other houses in Mountrath.

“These letters will be rolled out to other problem estates in the future,” CEO John Mulholland said in his March report.

The updated Waste Management Bye-Laws 2018 now state that household waste must be presented to an authorised waste collector or be delivered directly to a waste facility, with documents kept for proof.

Fines go from €75 to €2,500, with fines of €500 per day for those guilty of continuing to break the law.

“Much like the TV licence inspector we can now knock on a door and ask 'can you show us proof of your bin collection' like a receipt,” Director of Services Donal Brennan said.

The letters followed council clean-ups of illegal dumping in O'Moore Place/Lake Glen and in Rushall in Mountrath.

More news on dumping in this week's Leinster Express.