It’s Not In Our Nature – Is It In Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!

Posted in Connect on June 14, 2019.


Local Authorities across the country are running an Anti Dumping campaign – “Its Not in our Nature – Is it in Yours? Lets tackle illegal dumping.”  This campaign builds on a successful initiative carried out by the Connacht Ulster Waste Region in 2018.  The campaign will be communicated through various platforms including newspaper, radio, social media, and county council websites.

The aim of the campaign is to create greater awareness on the issues around illegal dumping, as significant funding has been made available again this year by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment for an Anti Dumping Initiative.  The money provided through the Anti-Dumping Initiative aims to reduce incidents of illegal dumping nationally by providing funding for projects tackling the problem using a collaborative approach with Local Authorities, communities and other state agencies. In 2019, the focus of the ADI is on

(i) prevention,  (ii) abatement,  (iii) education and  (iv) enforcement.

This year a total of €1Million will be spent by Local Authorities across the Connacht Ulster Waste Region under this initiative.

The awareness campaign will support extensive clean-ups undertaken by Local Authorities in conjunction with community and voluntary groups throughout the nine Local Authority areas in the region– Cavan, Donegal, Galway City and County, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo.

Mayo County Council has been allocated €121,960.88 and a schedule of clean ups will take place over the summer months in areas which have been highlighted as litter black-spots. This campaign is a proactive step to further support the work being undertaken by Mayo County Council and is being delivered in partnership with the Regional Waste Enforcement and Planning Authorities.  The regional campaign will further support this year’s Anti-Dumping Initiative framework.  Not only will a wide range of clean-up projects led by Local Authorities in partnership with community, environmental, farming and sporting groups take place, but Local Authorities will be equipped with the latest enforcement technologies including overt and covert surveillance equipment and drone technology to target dumpers.

“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.  Maintaining our green image is vital for the continued success of our tourism and food industries.  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’, said Sean Scott, Connacht Ulster Regional Waste Enforcement Co-ordinator.

‘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.  I also welcome the support of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment for the bulky goods events (Couches and armchairs).  Householders should contact their Local Authority for details of these events that are taking place’ said Mr. Scott.

Members of the public are being called upon to continue to play their part by ensuring to dispose of waste responsibly using a permitted service/facility and to take the time to report sightings of illegal dumping or bogus waste collectors to the Local Authority or through the Environmental Protection Agency’s reporting app SEE IT, SAY IT at www.epa.ie/enforcement/report/seeit/.

‘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 public and private Civic Amenity Centres located throughout the region.

For further information on how to manage household waste we advise that you consult a recently launched website, https://www.mywaste.ie/ .

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, Environment Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council

‘Householders are being alerted to the fact that they are obliged to provide evidence of where they dispose of their waste and can be held responsible and fined for illegal dumping.    Householders should retain receipts as proof,’

For further information please contact the Environment Section, Mayo County Council, 094 9024444, email: environment@mayococo.ie

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