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Inferno fears as free junk collection cut

THE abolition of a service which collects householders' junk every three years will lead to a rise in illegal dumping, it has been claimed.

Dublin City Council's free service meant that families could leave unwanted items such as old beds, radios and appliances onto the side of the street for collection.

Cllr Deirdre Heney (FF) says the system was originally introduced to stop fly-tipping around secluded city areas, and to prevent people from using dangerous appliances on Halloween bonfires.

"We're going to have serious problems coming up to Halloween. There's so much material for people to use on bonfires. Things are tight and people will want to save money and they'll just throw them on the fire.

"I think we'll regret it in the longer term."

Dublin City Council says it was unique in providing the service to all its householders, and it was discontinued in 2009 for budgetary reasons.

However, Cllr Heney said: "I think there'll be repercussions for fly tipping, and [people will be] filling their van or car and driving along and dumping it."



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"It seems logical that Dublin City Council will now end up collecting it around the city. It's certainly not environmentally friendly."

The collection operated from April to October each year, and rubbish was collected from different areas in the city every three years.

Last summer, councillors were inundated with queries on when the junk collection was going ahead, according Cllr Heney, who said the scheme was designed to prevent fly tipping and decreased the amount of materials which householders gave to youngsters to put on bonfires.

A City Council spokesperson said: "Householders can still avail of a collection service at commercial rates either from the City Council or from permitted waste collectors."

The council secured 70 convictions in relation to illegal waste dumping last year, and Cllr Heney insists the problem will worsen this year when coupled with bin charges.

Householders who have been entitled to waivers on their bin charges since 2001 now have to pay €6 for the large grey bin, €3.60 for the smaller grey bin and €2 for the "brown" organic waste bin each time they are collected.

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