CARRICKMORE has become the latest area affected by the plight of fly-tipping, which is becoming rampant throughout Tyrone.
One of most recent incidents included the dumping of a large quantity of rubbish on the Whitebridge Road. This week local residents are “disgusted” that this rubbish was left on the road side for over two weeks before finally being removed last Friday (January 11).
“There were more than ten full bags of rubbish left on the side of the road during the night, and they stayed there for the guts of three weeks before they were taken away,” explained an angry Whitebridge Road resident.
“It is absolutely disgusting. People are just dumping their household waste out on to the streets when they could just go to the skips. It’s ridiculous.”
This issue on the Whitebridge Road has been on-going for a number of months, with residents noticing an increase in dumpings over the weekends and during holiday periods.
“It’s not just the large amounts of rubbish being dumped but also the littering of general rubbish like empty take-away cartons and bottles being thrown out of cars at our door step and into our gardens,” continued the Carrickmore resident. “It is a complete diaster.”
This is not an isolated incident as the number of fly-tipping reports across Tyrone have been fast increasing in recent months.
Just last week, one perpetrator was caught on video dumping rubbish at a road junction in Greencastle.
The video, which shows a man not only emptying bags of rubbish, but kicking it across the road and effectively blocking the public throughfare has been viewed thousands of times on social media, sparking huge outrage from the public.
A spokesperson for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said, “Council staff work constantly to clean up our environment but we need the support of the public to stop littering.
“If a member of the public observes dumping or littering of any kind they should take the details such as car registration and report it to the council so that enforcement action may be taken.
“The council is working in partnership with a number of bodies and groups to address the issue of illegally dumped waste and littering which is blighting the environment.”