More than 20% of all dumping in Dublin takes place in Dublin South Central, a new report has revealed.

The area comes second in Dublin City Council’s table of illegal dumping, with the cost of tackling illegal dumping in Dublin City jumping to more than €1 million in 2018, with the figure set to increase.

The figures were revealed in response to a council question asked by Sinn Fein councillor Daithi Doolan, which also revealed that 2,538 complaints were received regarding dumping.

The central area of the city accounted for 30% of all illegal dumping – the largest percentage of all local areas in the city – with nearly 3,500 complaints.

In response to the figures, Cllr Doolan has said he is “disappointed” in the level of dumping and has called on the council to target black spots around the localities.

Cllr Doolan said: “I am deeply disappointed to see Dublin South Central suffering from the second-highest level of illegal dumping in Dublin.

“The illegal dumping is an insult to our communities, but it also comes at a huge, spiralling cost.

“The cost of tackling illegal dumping [in Dublin city] has increased from €966,663 in 2016, to €1,159,219 in 2018.

“Meanwhile, this year, it looks set to jump to €1,221,000. This is money that could be spent on sports and recreational facilities.

“I am calling on Dublin City Council to target dumping black spots, like Inchicore’s Tyrconnel Road. Those caught must face stiffer penalties that hit them hard in the pocket.”

More than €100,000 has been spent on cleaning up waste around the capital in January of this year alone, with 367 tonnes of waste removed from city council areas.