Kildare tillage farmer Garrett Hayden suspects ‘professional cleaners’ of dumping rubbish on his land last Sunday.

“The five bin bags of rubbish were left sitting beside the hedge at the end of the laneway leading up to our house.

“I had a look through the rubbish to see if there was any trace of who left it there,” Hayden told the Irish Farmers Journal.

“I found the address of a nearby house on a pizza box. I made contact with the letting agent who manages the house to find out who was responsible for the illegal dumping.”

Enforcing fines

Hayden said the county council litter warden has since collected the rubbish and will follow up on the case further.

“The letting agent told me that the previous tenants had left the house a week earlier and that a professional cleaning service had been employed to clear out the house in advance of the next tenants arriving.

“My farm is only a mile down the road from this house, but it’s at the end of a cul de sac.

“I was away for an hour on Sunday, so the cleaners must have slipped up while I was gone.”

The Athgarrett farmer has called on the local authority to pursue the fly tippers and warns other farmers to be vigilant to similar incidents.

“These guys need to be brought to justice. They present themselves as a reliable cleaning service and this is what they do.

“The max fine for a company like this is €4,000, so hopefully that’s the bill they receive.”

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