Dublin raid uncovers €350,000 counterfeit bin bag operation

The raid revealed an organised crime link to a scam

Dublin raid uncovers €350,000 counterfeit bin bag operation

Bags of uncollected rubbish | Image: RollingNews.ie

A garda raid in Dublin has uncovered a €350,000 bin bag counterfeiting operation.

The raid in Rathcoole revealed an organised crime link to a scam, which is contributing to serious litter problems in the inner city.

The bags were found as part of a larger haul of other counterfeit goods.

Greyhound Recycling managing director, John Brosnan, has congratulated the gardaí on the seizure.

"We have long suspected that organised criminals are involved in the sale of counterfeit bin bags.

"This is not just about lost revenue for Greyhound or any other bin collection company.

"It has contributed to a large scale litter and environmental problem on inner city streets.

"Bags also present a serious ongoing health and safety hazard for collection crews, including exposure to used syringes and broken glass."

The company says there has been a lot of resistance to the introduction of bins, in place of bags, in some areas.

"We have been constantly frustrated by local political representatives steadfastly opposed to the introduction of bins on these streets.

"When organised crime is involved it is time for the company, local residents and local representatives to reassess the situation", he adds.