This morning, staff at St. Vincent’s charity shop in Arklow found the entry to their premises completely blocked with rubbish.
Rubbish being continually dumped at the shop has become a major issue for the staff in recent times.
Manager of the store Lucy McDonald said “It is getting beyond the joke, every Monday is the same but today was something else, we could just not get past it was piled up to the handle of the front door.”
What was left at the shopthis morning appears to be completely filled with rubbish.
“While we are grateful for donations and have great costumers, we are not a refuse company” Lucy added.
“A couple of weeks ago we arrived to find bags of grass and leaves left outside the shop, this is not donating this is fly tipping. It’s also a serious fire hazard as the rubbish could easily take fire from something tossed into the pile, we often find cigarette butts from pub-goers tossed on top.”
Lucy expressed her thanks to the local Tidy Towns group and the Municipal Council, who help clear the rubbish being left at the premises: “Without them, I don’t know what we would do.”
The Municipal council are checking CCTV from nearby premises and are confident they will get a prosecution.