COUNCIL UPS ITS WAR ON ILLEGAL DUMPERS

first_imgDonegal County Council says it is making progress throughout the county in the fight against those who continue to dump waste illegally.Suzanne Tinney Waste Awareness Officer with the Council they are disappointed at the level of recent dumping across the county. However they have vowed to continue to clamp down on dumpers and have already identify blackspots.“Although we are disappointed at the level of illegal dumping taking place at a time when we are working hard to promote Donegal as tourist destination, we are confident that by working with the community, we can tackle this issue to achieve a greener and cleaner county for everyone in Donegal including residents and visitors.“Dumping can range from discarding waste boxes or bags at a bottle bank site to larger scale dumping at more remote sites. These sites require perseverance and continued surveillance but I am confident that the Council is making in-roads and we will be continuing this approach with vigour over the coming months”.Ms. Tinney added  that the council is aware of areas where illegal dumping has become more prevalent and will continue to target these areas. Given the remote nature of some of the sites used for illegal dumping, Donegal County Council has invested in various surveillance equipment in recent years for use throughout the county.Ms. Tinney stated that “this investment includes a number of ‘trail’ cameras or covert cameras activated by infra red sensors, together with Road-Hawk Vehicle Digital Cameras. Others include high spec long range cameras which are acquired for surveillance on illegal activities involving waste management issues and these have proven to be very useful”.Enforcement ActivityIn 2012 Donegal County Council issued 173 fines or fixed penalty notices under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, up from 124 fines in 2011. The increase in the number of fines issued in 2012 is due partly to the increased level of resources invested by the Council in particular areas of the county.A breakdown of litter fines (fixed penalty notices under the Litter Pollution Act 1997) issued in 2011 and 2012 are outlined in the following table:Area Fines issued 2011 Fines issued 2012 Donegal 35 20Stranorlar 13 37Inishowen 44 19Letterkenny 26 32 Glenties 6 (part time only) 65Ms. Tinney stated that “where fines are not paid the Council will be continuing to initiate prosecutions through the court”. She added “under the Waste Management Act 1996 there were 7 cases before the courts in 2011 and 7 before the courts in 2012. This Council takes these issues very seriously and every effort will be made to combat all forms of illegal dumping”.Costs of Clean ups:In 2012 Donegal County Council spent in the region of €410,900 in cleaning up illegal dumping sites in Donegal and this was down from the 2011 figure of €428,800.Ms. Tinney stated that “this decrease in expenditure reflects a combination of things including the impact of the surveillance and enforcement measures that we have in place along with the support of the local community in addressing these issues”.The following is the breakdown of expenditure incurred by Donegal County Council in clean-up operations in 2011 and 2012Area 2011 Expenditure 2012 ExpenditureDonegal €13,660.65 €5,473.35Stranorlar €19,819.51 €18,944.66Inishowen €28,364.75 €30,690.10Letterkenny €8,755.29 €16,436.37Glenties €60,700.51 €38,533.16Mobile Litter Unit costs €297,521.45 €300,870.73€428,822.16 €410,948.37Excellent Community supportMs. Tinney paid tribute to the work of the Litter Wardens and Environment staff and added that she could not stress enough the importance of the excellent support of local community groups throughout the county in clean up campaigns such as the National Spring Clean campaign which is taking place this month. “These types of initiatives are great and I am always heartened by the great work that is done in Donegal by the local communities and this certainly supports us in the work that we do”.The public can contact the Council to report illegal dumping by calling our Customer Contact Centre on 07491 53900.Some examples of surveillance from around the county which has proven successful:Examples attached of illegal dumping activities caught on covert cameras deployed throughout the county. Enforcement including fines has been pursued in each case.COUNCIL UPS ITS WAR ON ILLEGAL DUMPERS was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilillegal dumpinglast_img

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