Illegal dumping hotspot left littered with cut-up waste by workers

By Mary Dennehy

SOUTH Dublin County Council has once again been left to pick up the pieces after workers tasked with cutting the grass verge on the Gunny Hill left the place strewn with mowed litter.

On Wednesday, eagle-eyed locals contacted The Echo after they spotted council workers cutting grass that was covered in litter.

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A similar situation happened at the same location in August 2016, when crew members mowed through ten bags of household waste when tasked with cutting grass on the Old Court Road and Gunny Hill – and left the shredded waste behind.

At the time, the council told The Echo: “It is our usual practice to undertake a litter pick in advance of grass cutting, and cannot offer an explanation why this did not take place.

“The situation that occurred is regretted.”

However, crews mowed through rubbish again this week, leaving residents frustrated that the scenic location, which is an illegal dumping hotspot, has been left littered with cut-up waste.

When contacted by The Echo on Wednesday, Teresa Walsh, the council’s Director of Environment, Water and Climate Change, said: “The matter will be investigated.

“The council and its contractors endeavour to ensure that illegally dumped material and litter on open spaces and on road margins are removed before grass-cutting or flailing is carried out.”

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