Co Kildare road features on shocking Prime Time report on illegal dumping

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Co Kildare road features on shocking Prime Time report on illegal dumping
8:27 Friday 19th of May 2017

Co Kildare featured on an RTE investigative report last night into illegal dumping across the country.

The Prime Time programme showed CCTV footage of motorists casually throwing bags of rubbish along the roadside at several locations.

But the report also shone the spotlight on blackspots around the country such as the Rathangan to Edenderry road on the Kildare/Offaly border.

Prime Time reporter Fran McNulty said that there were up to 20 separate dumping sites along this route which it said has been plagued by illegal dumping for years.

Many roads into the nearby bogs have been closed using barriers and Kildare County Council anti-dumping signs are also in the area.

The rubbish shown on camera included a mattress, buggies, nappies, household waste and even a smashed car windscreen.

Local farmer Billy Gray said: "It's happening more and more every day and the people doing it are getting more brazen.

"I get very annoyed by it because local farmers have to clean it up. People are coming out into the countryside to dispose of whatever they want - it's not fair."

The programme questioned whether bin charges were the reasons that people were dumping illegally.

But Billy said: "Before bin charges, people were always dumping. So that's not an excuse for anybody. They have the money to purchase the products to generate the waste so why don't they have the money to dispose of the waste."

WATCH the Prime Time report here: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/prime-time-extras-30003379/10727981/

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