Anti-Dumping Initiative 2018

Posted in Connect on December 5, 2018.

In 2018, 3 major clean ups were organised by Mayo County Council Environment Enforcement Team. These projects were funded by the DCCAE under the Anti-Dumping campaign.  Funding under this campaign is allocated to support projects where community groups and other state agencies work in partnership to clean-up and prevent illegal dumping where appropriate enforcement action are being undertaken by Local Authorities.

Please read on to see some of the great work carried out this year.

Sralagagh Loop Walk – Ballycastle

Dumping caused environmental pollution through litter, which was extremely unsightly as it was directly on the Sralagagh Loop Walk, a 7.5km walk outside Ballycastle, a significant local and tourist amenity within an area of North Mayo with a large number of protected sites and adjacent tourist sites such as The Ceide Fields and Downpatrick Head. Furthermore, it is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way.

A multi-agency approach was used involving Ballycastle Tidy Towns Committee, Rural Social Scheme, 3 Local Authority Officers and local contractors which saw 27.26 tonnes of waste removed, new signage erected with reference to the “See It? Say It!” App, installation of CCTV and household surveys conducted to promote Local Authority Enforcement.

There has been no further dumping at this site and it shows how engagement of multiple parties helped spread the word that action would be taken again dumpers identified.


St. Muredach’s Terrace, Ballina & Laneway at St. Patrick’s Estate

Ballina is important to the environmental, tourist and cultural development of County Mayo. Clean up sites were in close proximity to the Killala Bay/Moy Estuary special area of conservation (SAC000458) and the River Moy special area of conservation (SAC00298).

St. Muredach’s Terrace, St. Enda’s and St. Mary’s Resident’s Association, Local Authority, contractors, probation services and volunteers combined for a multi-agency approach which saw 126.36 tonnes of general waste plus 2.5 tonnes of metal removed and CCTV surveillance to be installed along with the conducting of a Household Waste survey and continued liaising with residents associations, property owners and individuals to continue raising awareness.

Lough Lannagh and Castlebar River

The dumping was visible in and around Lough Lannagh and the Castlebar river which was attracting complaints from locals and tourists while also dangerous for farm animals, birds and fish.

Again, a large multi-agency approach involving GMIT Outdoor Education students, Castlebar Tidy Towns, Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Group, Ballina Moy Rescue Sub Aqua Group, An Taisce, Mayo County Council Environment section and Community and Enterprise section and South West Mayo Development workers removed 16.62 tonnes of waste with help from innovative use of a drone and has raised awareness of the need to “Leave No Trace”, an awareness programme run by Castlebar Tidy Towns. Further awareness has been raised with 3 local secondary schools and Household Waste surveys were carried out in nearby houses.


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