Cavan County Council is to begin enforcing bin collection compliance in every household in the county from next year. This is in response to a motion by Fianna Fáil Councillor Aiden Fitzpatrick who raised the issue of refuse collection with the council. Councillor Fitzpatrick told Northern Sound a constituent complained to him that although they were paying for a regular bin collection, their neighbours did not have a contract in place. Cllr Fitzpatrick went to his constituent's property and saw for himself that the outside of their neighbour's house was like, what he described as, "a rubbish dump".
He was subsequently informed by Council officials that it is actually against the law not to have a rubbish collection arrangement. Following his motion, a new role is going to be created within the council for an enforcement officer who will be charged with making sure every house in County Cavan has a way to properly dispose of their household waste from next year.
"It is actually law that every household has either a bin collection service or receipts to prove they go to a bring centre and recycle," Cllr Fitzpatrick told Northern Sound, "So, I've asked the council to enforce the law that every household will have to prove they dispose of their rubbish in proper manner and the council have come back and said, from 2024, they will be enforcing this legislation."