Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rubbish such as this dumped at Kill Cross, Tullow recently has become a all too common site in Carlow

DUMPERS beware, because Carlow County Council is coming to get you.

The local authority recently received almost €100,000 to combat the endless issue of illegal dumping in Carlow and took the opportunity to warn dumpers that they will be identified and prosecuted.

The funding follows a successful application to the government’s anti-dumping initiative.

“Dumpers beware,” said the council’s environmental awareness officer Jannette O’Brien. “We are coming to get you. This funding will assist in providing some amnesty days but will mainly consist of a combination of investigation and enforcement tools, including the use of covert surveillance, which will be applied to identify, investigate and, most importantly, prosecute those involved in the practice of illegal dumping.”

Ms O’Brien said there was never an excuse to dump.

“The cost of correct disposal of unwanted materials is not excessive. Carlow County Council provides 26 free bottle and can recycling banks around the county and has an excellent low-cost facility located at Powerstown, which can cater for all types of waste and recycling. There is never an excuse for either dumping or using an illegal waste collector.”

Carlow County Council chief executive Kathleen Holohan welcomed this crucial additional funding and added: “We are all well aware of the problems caused by illegal dumping. Managing waste is first and foremost a matter of individual responsibility and compliance with the law. Our small but hard-working environment team continue their efforts during these difficult times, when we have seen a substantial increase in the volumes of complaints received. Carlow County Council are grateful for the valuable support from the community and voluntary groups in our efforts to keep our county clean.”

Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council John Pender added: “This is a real good news story for Carlow. This funding can support not only our environment team but also the hundreds of volunteers across the county who continue to care for their areas through initiatives such as National Spring Clean. It was fantastic to see their efforts continuing during this difficult time and working with our environmental patrol and investigative officers James Lakes and Pat Kehoe.”

If you are aware of any issues with dumping in your area, please contact [email protected] and let us know.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment developed an Anti-Dumping Initiative in 2017 to work in partnership with local authorities and community organisations in identifying high-risk or problem areas, developing appropriate enforcement responses and carrying out clean-up operations. The initiative is co-ordinated through the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities (WERLAs).

 

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