Recyclers sent to jail in row over littering
DUBLIN council bosses are to continue to pursue bottle bank customers through the courts despite controversy over the hard-line stance.
Fingal County Council said it does not propose to grant an amnesty for those "fined or facing legal proceedings" for littering at the recycling facilities.
However, it is claimed many of those who committed offences have done so inadvertently.
The issue was highlighted on Joe Duffy's Liveline radio show by three men who spoke about being jailed.
They had been fined in court after being prosecuted by Meath County Council and subsequently sent to prison for not paying up.
One of the men, Stephen, told RTE Radio 1 listeners he had left behind a cardboard box used to carry bottles to the Ashbourne facility.
In a question, Cllr David McGuinness (FF) asked Fingal officials "to help prevent the criminalisation of responsible citizens who recycle".
But the local authority said Fingal is charged with enforcing the Litter Pollution Acts.
"People using plastic bags and/or boxes should remove them on completion of recycling and dispose of them in their green bin at home.
"It is not proposed to grant an amnesty for those fined or facing legal proceedings for littering caught on CCTV at bottle banks," the council insisted.