Dublin homeowner slapped with €2,000 fine for using 'man with a van' illegal waste collector

Rubbish found dumped in a field in the Ward area of Fingal was traced back to the defendant.

North Dublin householders have been warned to steer clear of illegal waste collectors after Fingal County Council took a case to court.

The defendant, who gave her black bag domestic waste to a rogue operator, was found to have committed an offence under the Waste Management Act 1996 and was ordered to pay €2,000.

The case was pursued under an amended section of the Act which says "a person shall not cause or facilitate the abandonment, dumping, or unauthorised management or treatment of waste".

Rubbish found dumped in a field in the Ward area of Fingal was traced back to the defendant who was ordered to pay the council €2,000 as a contribution towards its legal costs.

A council spokesperson said: "An investigation by waste enforcement officers revealed that the defendant gave her black bag domestic waste to an illegal waste collector - i.e. ‘Man in a Van’ - who then illegally disposed of the waste on private property.

"The illegal collection and disposal of waste continues to pose a serious risk to the environment with significant fines, payment of legal fees and prosecution for anyone found guilty of giving their waste to an unauthorised waste collector.

"Man in a Van operators offering low-cost waste collection services or free recycling services should be treated with caution. Waste should only be given to an authorised waste collector with a valid waste collection permit."

The spokesperson warned: "Fingal County Council actively pursue every case where there is suspicion of illegal waste activity or the improper disposal of waste."

The defendant, who did not have a bin collection service, pleaded guilty in Dublin District Court and Judge Anthony Halpin applied the Probation Act, ordering payment of €2,000 towards the cost of investigating and prosecuting the case.

The news comes as early morning beach walkers woke up to disgusting scenes at the beach carpark in Portmarnock.

A reader sent in the above photo which shows sackfulls of household waste strewn across the entrance to the north Dublin strand.

The National Waste Collection Permit Office ( www.nwcpo.ie , 057 9357428) has responsibility for administering the waste collection permitting system on behalf of all local authorities in the State.

The council urges anyone who suspects someone is offering an illegal waste collection service to contact them on 01 890 5000 or at [email protected] .

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