Published Friday, 01 August 2014
A police investigation has been launched. (© Pacemaker)
The alarm was raised on Thursday night after the body part was discovered by a member of staff at the Thornton's plant on Killeen Road, Ballyfermot in the west of the city.
The partial remains were found in a refuge truck just before midnight.
A police investigation was then launched.
It is understood that, as a result of extensive searches on Friday morning, part of a pelvis and an arm were also found at the facility.
Part of the recycling centre remains closed for forensic examinations.
It is believed that gardaí are now looking at the possibility that the human remains may be of a homeless person who was sleeping rough in a bin.
Local councillor Brid Smith said that business people should check their bins before they are collected.
"People do end up sleeping in bins - for shelter, for comfort, for heat," she said.
"I think that some regulation needs to be brought in that there's a check done before the bins are picked up, particularly in the city centre where it's most likely to happen."
Thorntons have so far declined to comment on the incident.
Gardaí have not confirmed at this stage if the body parts are that of a man or a woman.
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