A woman living in Finglas has contacted Dublin Gazette saying she has been fined €150 for the illegal dumping of her rubbish.

However, she says that the rubbish that was found was not dumped by her, and that the road it was found on was somewhere she didn’t even know existed, in Co Meath.

She said someone took the black bag with her rubbish in it from her bin, and another bag with clothing left out for recycling, and it was not her that dumped it.

She is being fined as her address was on documents inside.

The woman alleges this has also happened to other people she has discussed this with, especially in the Finglas/Ballymun areas, particularly if they had left a bag out for a charity clothing collection.

She said: “As people are saying they are being wrongfully fined, as their rubbish was stolen, would it be possible that a review be taken by Dublin City Council into the procedure by which people are fined for illegal dumping, going forward?

“There seems to be a high number of people saying that bags they are leaving out for collection are being stolen or dumped elsewhere.”

In response to the woman’s points, a Dublin City Council spokesperson said: “We advise that you should always ensure that you are using an authorised waste collector to collect all of your waste to ensure that the waste is collected and disposed of appropriately.

“If in doubt, always check whether the collector has a waste collection permit.

“The council provides a network of bring banks, bring centres and civic amenity sites for public use that accept a wide range of waste and recyclables, including clothing and textiles.”