Council workers were yesterday forced to remove a mass of rubbish dumped illegally at the gates of the council’s Pennyburn Recycling Amenity.
The piled up waste was thrown onto the street during Christmas Day and Boxing Day and had piled up several feet by the time staff at the amenity site arrived to reopen the centre on Saturday morning.
The Journal was at the scene yesterday morning and witnessed children’s toy boxes, furniture and household black bin waste among the waste dumped.
A lorry had to be called to the scene to take the waste away, but chairman of Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee Colly Kelly said yesterday that efforts would now be made to catch those responsible.
He said: “Our enforcement officer will try to identify who these people were.
“We can do that through looking at the waste for names and addresses and then taking action against those identified. Any details we find we will be taking that forward.”
Colr. Kelly, who was yesterday planning to visit the site and speak with the workers, said there could be no excuse for this type of behaviour.
“ It’s disgusting. We are fortunate enough to have these amenity sites there for people to use.
“People were given enough warning and also informed about the extra bin collection days that the council had planned.
“This is just laziness to the highest degree. Everybody is in the same boat at Christmas with extra waste but to do this is just thoughtless and there can be no excuse for it,” he added.