15 February 2018

Illegal Dumpers Beware! Increased Funds Allocated to Fight the Scourge of Illegal Dumping

Local TD, Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed the announcement of the 2018 Anti-Illegal Dumping Initiative and an allocation of over €2 million in funding for a targeted crackdown on illegal dumping black spots across the country. 

Welcoming the announcement by Government this week Fitzgerald commented, “Applications are now open for Local Authorities and community groups to apply under the 2018 Anti-Dumping Initiative with an increased funding allocation of €2 million this year.

“I know the huge impact illegal dumping has on communities across Rathcoole, Palmerstown, Saggart, Newcastle, Lucan, Brittas and Clondalkin, with some particular hot-spots in these areas. Our local Tidy Towns groups, residents groups and local Council are fighting back and reclaiming our rivers, parks, laneways and country roadsides from illegal dumpers. We owe these volunteers a debt of gratitude.

“Illegal dumping poses a significant threat to jobs, incomes and investment on those areas of our country whose growth is dependent on the preservation and protection of our magnificent landscapes, and our clean waterways. The response to last year’s anti-dumping initiative saw over 2.8 thousand tonnes of waste collected across the country, including funding allocated towards the community in Clondalkin for the Camac River Clean-up.

“Covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites as well as the installation of CCTV cameras and better enforcement and prosecution actions will form a central part of this year’s crackdown according to the Deparment.”

Fitzgerald concluded, “I would encourage any local groups interested in this initiative to get in touch with South Dublin County Council and most importantly to continue to report illegal dumping to the authoritites.”