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Residents in the Muff area are outraged at the growing level of illegal dumping - some of which was pictured yesterday.

Local farmer Stan McWilliams this week spent hours removing old carpets and other rubbish, including home refurbishment materials, from a roadside ditch for collection by the local authority.

“It was a pleasant day but it’s not nice to spend it pulling other people’s rubbish out of a drain. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon, the litter warden told me,” he said.

Donegal County Council picked up the rubbish within 24 hours of it being removed from the drain and the local authority has been praised by one local councillor for its efficiency in dealing with illegally dumped waste with its limited resources.

Colr Mickey Doherty said: “There is only one litter warden for the area from Manorcunningham to Malin Head and the council is doing a good job with the resources it has.”

He added that there had been “quite a lot” of prosecutions for illegal dumping in recent years but that more were needed.

“Prosecutions may be the only way to change attitudes. There is no excuse for illegal dumping as there are facilities and they do not over charge as we councillors fought hard to get charges reduced. It seems that some people just don’t care about their surroundings, their neighbours, their children and their country,” he added.

A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said: “We would like to remind members of the public that littering or disposing of waste in this way is illegal and you could face prosecution. We would encourage members of the public to report any illegal dumping by contacting us at (00 353) 74 91 53900 or by email at environment@donegalcoco.ie”