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Saturday 18 November 2017

Families stuck with skips in landfill rule

ORDER: Collection firm must stop using dumping ground

RESIDENTS across Dublin could be stranded with skips at their homes after a waste company was ordered to stop dumping in a landfill.

One furious Dubliner contacted the Herald to highlight a rubbish skip in his garden, which has not been collected.

David Poon from Osprey Park, Templeogue, Dublin ordered the skip from A1 Waste last Thursday so that he could clear out rubbish from a room he is renovating.

But when he asked the truck driver to pick it up, he was told that the company is not collecting its skips because of ongoing legal action against it.

His predicament raises the prospect of hundreds of other Dubliners being left stranded with their skips.

David told the Herald: "The skip had been there over the weekend. It was in the garden on Friday. The collection fellow gave me his mobile number and he said he'd collect it when it's full.

"But when he finished work he was told to park the truck because he has no work on Monday. Even a neighbour on my road has a full skip as well."

A1 Waste is the largest firm in Dublin dealing in construction and demolition waste, and it also collects commercial and some household waste.



unbearable

In 2003, the EPA granted Neiphin Trading, a company associated with A1 Waste, a waste licence to operate a landfill in Kerdiffstown.

But last Friday the High Court granted an order sought by the Environmental Protection Agency preventing any further waste being accepted at a landfill in Kerdiffstown, Naas, Co Kildare.

Residents nearby the landfill have complained of unbearable smells.

A spokesperson for the EPA said: "The High Court order does not prevent Dean Waste Co Limited (Trading as 'A1 Waste') collecting waste from customers; they can collect waste and bring it to alternative facilities."

Meanwhile, David is getting no answer when he calls A1 Waste and he fears he will be left with the skip in his front garden, while he waits for someone to come and clean up the mess.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the EPA said unsatisfied customers can complain to the National Consumer Agency.

The Herald made attempts to contact A1 Waste, but the owner was not contactable.

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