Removal of rubbish costs connected to illegal dumping soar to a figure over €2m in the past two years

Removal of rubbish costs connected to illegal dumping soar to a figure over €2m in the past two years

COSTS associated with the removal of illegal dumping have topped €2.3m in the last two years with almost 4,000 incidences reported to South Dublin County Council.

The local authority has different mechanisms for the logging of illegal dumping with the total figure for incidences for 2021 at 2,531 and crossing 1,173 so far this year.

This year, the way in which incidences are recorded is through Membersnet (209), Fix Your Street (438) and the Environment Complaints System (526).

Last year, the Fix Your Street website (1,107) was the popular means in which incidences were recorded. However, this reporting tool closed after 11 years in July 2022.

Following a question from Cllr Yvonne Collins (FF) to the council, requesting a tabular breakdown of illegal dumping incidences and costs over the last two years per Local Electoral Area (LEA).

In response, the council stated it was not possible to provide an LEA breakdown and instead offered the total figures.

In 2021, expenditure costs for the removal of illegal dumping topped €1,465,374 and so far this year, costs have come in at €875,568 –

for a combined total of €2,340,942.