GREYHOUND HOUSEHOLD is calling for garda assistance to protect waste collection crews in some parts of Dublin.
The waste collection company said it is considering cancelling collection services in some areas due to how some of its employees have been treated.
Greyhound has released footage of local residents – some of whom are children – verbally abusing and intimidating employees (who are wearing orange hi-visibility jackets in the video).
In a number of cases, Greyhound has said that residents impeded collection trucks in order to tip large amounts of black bin rubbish into the green bin vehicles.
A spokesperson for Greyhound told TheJournal.ie that the company has been in contact with gardaí and is seeking extra patrols when collections are taking place in certain areas.
Greyhound’s managing director John Brosnan said:
“Our crews are experiencing an increase in threatening behaviour. We have a duty of care to the health and safety of our employees.
We have reported the incidents to gardaí and also hope for assistance from local representatives. However, we may be forced to consider suspending collections on some roads.
“We are calling on people to respect our crews while they do a difficult job.”
Recently, a man was sentenced to two years in jail for assaulting Greyhound collection staff.
The Greyhound spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that while the company is considering the suspension of collections in some areas, it isn’t something that it wishes to do as it will have an impact on non-offending residents.
“We’re reluctant to do that as some law-abiding households in the areas could suffer, that’s why we’re bringing it to the public attention,” they said.
“Why should anybody else suffer? Waste is a fairly unique utility, if your neighbour can’t pay for their waste and their waste is accumulated, the whole neighbourhood is affected.”
Earlier this year, Greyhound hired 25 new members of staff whose job it is to inspect bins to make sure the waste is properly segregated.
Those deemed to be frequent offenders can be slapped with an average fine of around €30 every time they neglect to dispose of their rubbish properly.