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  • Northside East

Scourge of illegal dumping to be tackled

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 8:00am
Scourge of illegal dumping to  be tackled

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, with Madeleine Ebbs, Dublin City Council, at the funding announcement in Darndale.

Scourge of illegal dumping to  be tackled

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, with Madeleine Ebbs, Dublin City Council, at the funding announcement in Darndale.

ILLEGAL dumpers are poking their finger in the eye of communities all over the country.

They are the words of Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton. The Minister was speaking at an announcement in Darndale that €3 million in funding will be provided to the Anti-Dumping Initiative programme to support communities around the country to tackle illegal dumping.

Minister Bruton said: “We can only stamp it (illegal dumping) out if we work together. 

“This money will step up the chances of catching the offenders and will provide help to those who want to do the right thing.

“Innovation, surveillance using drones, special collections for awkward items like mattresses, spreading awareness among young people and recognising the work of volunteers can all play a role.”

Minister Bruton said there are plans to put a special emphasis on targeting blackspots. 

“Since 2017, the Anti-Dumping Initiative (ADI) programme has removed some 5,000 tonnes of illegal waste from some of the country’s most notorious fly tipping black-spots,” he said.

“In the vast majority of cases, once a community takes action in a particular area, re-offending becomes highly unlikely. 

“Nearly half of the funding being announced today will go towards tackling black-spots.”

Madeleine Ebbs, from Dublin City Council’s community development section, was among those who attended the launch.

Ms Ebbs welcomed the announcement and said it will go a long way towards tackling the scourge of illegal dumping. 

“This is a very serious issue that is affecting many areas all over the country and any initiatives that help to curb this problem are to be welcomed,” she said. 

Local councillor Larry O’Toole (SF) said: “While I welcome Minister Bruton’s initiative, I hope that it is not just spin. 

“We need a serious all encompassing response to the problem of illegal dumping. Dublin City Council, gardai, the local community and the minister’s own department have a role to play”. Cllr O’Toole added: “I would like to invite the minister to meet with local representatives and community members to further discuss possible solutions to this very serious issue.”

Funding to the Anti-Dumping Initiative programme is increasing to €3 million this year, a 50 percent increase on last year. 

This is in addition to the €7.4 million annual enforcement grant, which supports the recruitment and retention of 150 local authority waste enforcement personnel across the country.

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