Dublin City Council has written to residents of Griffith Ave asking them to stop brushing and blowing leaves out of their property and onto the public area of the road, including the footpath and cycle track.
Over the weekend Dublin City Council clean-up teams were busy finishing clearing the cycle tracks (see above image) after an excessive amount of leaves were dumped on the cycle tracks in the last week or so (below image).
While the letter to residents doesn’t clearly mention the cycle track, locally it is being viewed as a reference to how the cycle tracks were filled with leaves. The extent of the volume of leaves the cycle tracks was highlighted in an article published on this website last week.
The letter which was delivered to houses on the road said that leaf clearance was a “mammoth task” and that Dublin City Council “appreciate the help of the residents in removing leaves from the public footpaths and keeping them clear”.
It added: “Any leaves that fall onto your property become your responsibility. Please remove and dispose of leaves that fall on your property responsibly.”
The council said to residents that the leaves can be put in brown bins for collection by their registered waste collector, composted in gardens, or brought to the council’s civic amenity sites around Dublin which accept green waste at a cost of €2 per bag (80 litres max) or €16 per 1m³ bag, commonly called ‘builder’s bags’.
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The letter said: “We have well and truly entered the leaf fall season and Dublin City Council, along with the help of the residents of Griffith Ave are working tirelessly to remove the fallen leaves and keep the public footpath and road clear. The work carried out so far is commendable to say the least.”
“Unfortunately, DCC have received complaints that some residents are removing fallen leaves from their front gardens and placing them onto the public footpath and road for removal by Dublin City Council. Dublin City Council do not operate a leaf collection service from private households,” the letter said.