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Bangers and cash Fines to be issued as gardaí destroy 160 illegally dumped cars in Dublin

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Some of the dumped cars

Some of the dumped cars

Some of the dumped cars

Gardaí have destroyed 160 vehicles, which were abandoned by their owners, as part of a major clean-up operation in north Co. Dublin. 

And they have also warned that any owners of the vehicles found dumped on the St Christopher’s Lane property, who are identified, will be issued with a substantial fine.

The “End of Life Vehicle (ELV)” operation took place yesterday at St Christopher’s Lane, Cappoge, Dublin 11, where 160 disused vehicles were removed and recycled.

A series of contractors and recovery operators were employed to remove the abandoned scrap and bring them to an authorised treatment facility where they were disposed of safely.

As part of the operation 170 tonnes of illegally dumped waste was also removed and significant upgrades were made to the area prevent further illegal activity.

A combination of CCTV monitoring, waste enforcement inspections and Garda surveillance will be utilised to prevent further illegal ELV activity on St Christopher’s Lane.

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The dumped cars

The dumped cars

The dumped cars

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David Healy said: "This was a necessary operation to ensure the proper dismantling of an unauthorised and environmentally harmful situation.

“Unauthorised storage and dismantling of end of life vehicles (ELVs - disused cars and goods vehicles) poses a significant risk to the environment.

“ELVs contain many hazardous materials such as lead acid batteries, lubricating oil, coolant, brake fluid, and catalytic convertors, all of which must be disposed of safely in order to prevent pollution.”

“I'm delighted to see such effective action by Fingal County Council's Waste Enforcement Division in their operation against these sites.

"I commend them and the other agencies (An Garda Siochana, Customs, the Department of Social Protection and the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority) involved.”

Citizens have been encouraged to keep the place tidy by reporting illegal waste operations to Fingal County Council - Environment Section Tel: 01 8905000.

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