Tens of thousands of tonnes of waste illegally dumped in in Northern Ireland are being returned to the Republic.
Dublin City Council and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officials are supervising the return of around 10,500 tonnes of waste from a site adjacent to Pats Road, County Down.
The work repatriating the material to an authorised landfill site in the Republic of Ireland is expected to take 10 weeks.
This is the third time waste has been repatriated across the border following an agreement about illegal waste between Dublin and the NIEA in June 2009.
Environment minister Alex Attwood said: “I welcome the fact that illegally deposited waste has started to be removed from another site. I am in ongoing contact with my counterpart in the Republic of Ireland, Phil Hogan over this issue. I want the whole process to be completed as quickly as possible.
“This will result in another major source of pollution being removed from our community. What I and the Department of Environment are about is making Northern Ireland a better place to live, work and invest and the less illegally deposited waste the better.“