It’s Not In our Nature – Is it in Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!

Posted in Connect on November 19, 2019.


Occurrences of waste dumped in 2018 prevented in 2019 by targeted campaign of collection events and enforcement.

In efforts to continue to tackle illegal dumping, an integrated campaign ‘It’s not in our nature, is it in Yours?’ using social media, local radio and press was delivered in 9 counties in the Connacht Ulster Waste Region over the summer months.  This campaign supported the ongoing efforts of Local Authorities in cleaning up illegally dumped waste material.  The campaign is being coordinated by the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority (CU WERLA).

To date, numerous clean ups have taken place and speaking on behalf of the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority, Sean Scott, Regional Co-Ordinator said, “Our overall aim is to eliminate unsightly illegal dumps and further protect our environment both in rural and urban settings as well as engaging with the public to ensure that areas remain clean once clean-ups have taken place. Significant costs are associated with cleaning up illegally dumped waste and there is an onus on all citizens to dispose of waste in the correct manner.  Going forward, it is hoped that the use of technology including drones as well as overt and covert surveillance equipment will become more effective and act as a deterrent” said Mr. Scott.

Mr Scott also pointed out that Byelaws are being introduced in every Local Authority across the region in relation to the regulation storage, presentation and collection of household waste.   The bye-laws govern a range of issues, including obliging consumers to participate in an authorised waste collection service (or provide documentary proof on what alternative means they use to dispose of their waste) and encouraging greater segregation of waste to reduce volumes of residual waste collected.

The importance of a clean green environment is critical in terms of making our region a better place in which to live, work and do business.

Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council “Over the past number of months as part of this campaign, we have targeted black-spots to remove illegally dumped material and our aim is to eliminate the culture of dumping. A major clean-up of the cliffs in Dun Na Mbó, in North Mayo resulted in over 6 tonne of illegally dumped waste being removed and disposed of correctly.  We also targeted waste being disposed of illegally in bonfires by offering pre-bonfire night bulky goods collections in Ballina, Belmullet, Achill and Clare Island in which we collected over 40 tonne of waste materials”

Mayo County Council with the support of the Anti-Dumping Initiative also offered a free household  bulky goods collection in the East Mayo area in September for mattresses, beds and suites of furniture. Eight 45-foot containers were filled with these items and forwarded for recycling while a partnership with Mayo Roscommon Hospice Household Shop saw many items also going for reuse.

Availing of an unlicensed waste service to dispose of waste is a criminal offence. Customers should request to see service provider documentation to ensure compliance and permit number details should be visible on all collection vehicles.  Members of the public and householders need to be aware that each individual or business is responsible for their waste.  The Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority also commissioned a video to raise awareness around the issue of bogus unauthorised waste collectors.

“We’re very grateful to all the very responsible householders and community minded people who do the right thing – who dispose of their waste correctly using authorised waste collectors, the extensive network of bring banks and the Civic Amenity Centres located throughout the region. However, there is still a cohort of people who are irresponsible in disposing of their waste which ultimately results in small and large scale illegal dumps and to those individuals we appeal to cease this activity” said Sharon Cameron

The Connacht Ulster Waste Region campaign It’s Not in Our Nature – Is it in Yours? – creating awareness of the issues of illegal dumping is coordinated by the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority.  It is supported by the Connacht Ulster Waste Region and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.   A dedicated website called www.mywaste.ie is available to assist householders with the management of waste, for example providing details on what can and cannot be recycled, recycling, bring bank locations, civic amenity site locations etc.

For further information please contact:

Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer in Mayo County Council, environment@mayococo.ie or check out mywaste.ie

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