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New €3m war chest to tackle illegal dumping

Friday, 12th April, 2019 8:00am
New €3m war chest to tackle illegal dumping

Scenes like this have prompted a new crackdown on illegal dumping.

New €3m war chest to tackle illegal dumping

Scenes like this have prompted a new crackdown on illegal dumping.

COMMUNITY groups across the Southside have been offered part of a €3m war chest to combat illegal dumping.

The national funding is being made available to groups and councils to undertake education, prevention and clean ups.

The new crackdown offers opportunities for the South Dublin County Council area, according to local Independent Minister Katherine Zappone, to protect parks, green areas and local rivers, which she described are a huge resource to people of all ages.

Minister Zappone added: “The decision to double the ‘Anti-Dumping Initiative’ funding to €3m this year underlines the vital role community groups and local people play in combatting the scourge of illegal dumping.

“With our fantastic parks, green areas as well as woodlands and rivers in South and West Dublin are particularly vulnerable to those who seek to dodge waste charges or make a quick buck by avoiding our laws on litter and rubbish.

“Not only do they create eyesores but they also create dangers in particular for young children who go out exploring during the longer hours of daylight and while on Easter and summer holidays.

“I encourage all communities in Templeogue, Tallaght and Citywest as well as the surrounding areas to examine the scheme and see if they can draw down funding for either prevention or clean-up work.”

In addition to community efforts the fund can go to promote innovation, such as surveillance using drones, special collections for awkward items like mattresses, spreading awareness among young people and recognising the work of volunteers can all pay a role.

The Programme for Government contains a specific commitment to work with local authorities to tackle the problem of illegal dumping and to develop effective deterrents to discourage people from engaging in this anti-social behaviour. 

The overall aim is to reduce incidents of illegal dumping nationally by providing funding for projects tackling the problem, including the provision of support for monitoring and surveillance of dumping blackspots.

In 2017, the Department of the Environment provided funding of €1.3 million for the initiative which resulted in the successful delivery of over 200 projects across all 31 local authority areas.

This effort served to put the topic of illegal dumping on the agenda for communities across the country.

In 2018, €2 million was made available for a similar programme which placed an increased emphasis on all those who facilitate the unauthorised movement and disposal of waste. Over 200 projects received funding, the scope of which included clean-up operations and removing illegal waste from across the country.

In Dublin Rathdown Minister Josepha Madigan also welcomed the announcement of the additional funding to help combat illegal dumping, particularly in areas of South Dublin. 

Minister Madigan said: “The initiative aims to reduce incidents of illegal dumping nationally by providing funding for projects tackling the problem.

“Last year, €2 million was provided in funding.

“I’m pleased to say that this year’s funding represents a 50 per cent increase.

“Illegal dumping is a major problem for areas like Ticknock, Kellystown, Kilmashogue Lane and Tibradden. In January, volunteers removed 13 tonnes of illegal waste that were dumped in the Dublin/Wicklow uplands in the first three weeks of this year,” Minister Madigan added.

Minister Madigan urged local residents’ associations or community groups seeking advice on dealing with litter/dumping, or to report incidents on the Southside to contact the Litter Control Section of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council on 01-2054817 or by email environ@dlrcoco.ie

Earlier this year, Fianna Fáil South Dublin County Councillor, Charlie O’Connor, raised the issue of illegal dumping across the county after it reached such an acute level that he sid more stringent measures were required to crackdown on those responsible.

Cllr O’Connor was commenting following receipt of information from the Local Authority Chief Executive which revealed that €20,000 was spent in 2018 towards responding to over 200 complaints of dumping in the South Dublin uplands.

“Every single week I hear from locals concerned about the rise in illegal littering and fly tipping on streets and in the mountains in South County Dublin,” Cllr O’Connor said.

“In one housing estate in Tallaght, Mac Uilliam had to be cleaned up on a regular basis by Public Realm staff,” he said.

“Not only is the cost of dealing with other people’s waste draining resources away from important public services in our area, it’s also polluting our own communities that we should be taking pride in.

“We are fortunate to have such a picturesque landscape on our doorstep including the popular Hellfire Club – it beggars belief as to why people would consciously choose to destroy that.

“The fact that taxpayers forked out roughly €6 million since 2016 on picking up other people’s rubbish means that holding illegal dumpers to account is very important,” he argued.

In launching the new illegal waste crackdown last week, Environment Minister Richard Bruton said: Illegal dumpers are poking their finger in the eye of communities all over the country.”

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