WITH reports of illegal dumping hitting epidemic levels in county Limerick, the practice took on a new dimension this week when a three-piece suite was dumped on the side of the road close to the city boundary.
And the latest incident has led to calls for the prosecution of those involved in the “disgraceful act of fly-tipping”.
Speaking of the latest spate of dumping carried out on the Knocklisheen road, Sinn Fein City North councillor Maurice Quinlivan described it as “shameful stuff and that the “Illegal dumping of rubbish is an ongoing problem and can reflect very badly on Limerick through the eyes of visitors.
“It is simply unacceptable and disgraceful. Dumping a three-piece suite shows that whoever is doing this is getting more brazen as time goes on.
“They need to be stopped. We all need to work together to make Limerick a safer and cleaner place to live. Illegal waste not removed quickly can cause rodent infestation and attract other people to dump in that location.
He revealed that Limerick City and County Council is currently spending more than €750,000 cleaning up illegal dumping in St Mary’s Park.
The discarded brown leather three-piece suite has remained on the road side for more than a week and Cllr Quinlivan has called on the public to report these sightings to help local authority in the clean-up.
“When people see or are aware of illegal dumping, they need to report it to the local authority as soon as possible. The council has a confidential freephone number 1800 216 816 where people don’t have to leave their personal details and it operates on a 24/7 basis”, he said.