RETURNING to the waste collection business would be very difficult, says Galway County Council CEO Jim Cullen.

Lorry loads of household rubbish dumped in Tuam back garden

Inspectors asking for proof of waste disposal

A HOUSE owner in Tuam had to pay for four lorry loads of rubbish to be cleared from the back of his property last week after it had been become an illegal dumping ground.

The costly incident comes at a time when Inspectors with Galway County Council have begun knocking on doors and requesting households to produce proof that they dispose of their waste legally.

However, bringing prosecutions and naming and shaming those who are caught on CCTV dumping in bogs and along rural roads continues to be out of reach for the local authority, which is eager for the law to be changed to allow it to do so.

At their monthly meeting on Monday, councillors said no matter how much they spend on cleaning up dumping black spots, until the legislation is introduced to allow the Council use CCTV footage to bring those responsible before the courts, dumping will continue.

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