Stark warning issued to Dubs over ‘Man in a Van’ bogus waste collectors causing pollution

A stark warning has been issued to Dubs over bogus “Man in a Van” waste collectors tempting householders with “cheap offers.”

The Fingal Public Participation Network warned that unlicensed waste collectors are using social media and advertising sites to offering waste removal services and luring customers in with their low prices.

However, these bogus collectors dump the waste and cause pollution.

The northside group is warning Dubs to check the ID of anyone claiming to be a collector.

They said on Facebook: “These bogus collectors don’t have a waste collection permit and are not authorised to collect waste.

“If you’re unsure about a person offering a waste disposal service don’t use them.

“Ask to see their ID and waste collection permit number which can be checked with the National Waste Collection Permit Office at If they’re not on the list they’re not authorised to collect waste. “

The Fingal Public Participation Network also warned that illegally dumped waste costs local authorities hundreds of thousands euro a year.

They said: “We all have a responsibility to dispose of their waste in a safe and sustainable manner to protect the environment for future generations.

“Bulky items can be brought to your local recycling centre (Coolmine Recycling Centre and Estuary Recycling Centre) for recovery/disposal.

“Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), clothes, paper, plastic bottles, packaging and glass can be recycled free of charge.”

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