Cleaning up rubbish that was illegally dumped was a huge waste of resources, a meeting of Clonmel/Cahir Borough District Council was told.
“Of all the expenditure we incur this is the worst value for money. Most of the material that’s dumped could be recycled and it really is madness”, Matt Shortt, the County Council’s Director of Services for water and the environment told the meeting.
Mr. Shortt stated that cctv cameras were very costly but effective. There was no evidence of illegal dumping where they had been used on a trial basis. People were getting more clever about discarding rubbish and litter wardens seldom caught anyone in the act. It was mostly through investigation that people were apprehended.
A new Southern Waste Plan would be adopted next spring and one of its key messages was recycling.
Cllr. Andy Moloney had called for more hidden cctv cameras to be provided because the level of unauthorised dumping and dog fouling was extreme.
Litter enforcement officers did a fantastic job but there wasn’t enough of them on the ground, said Cllr. Pat English.
Cllr. Michael Murphy said that full-time enforcement officers that only dealt with illegal dumping were needed to tackle the problem.
“It’s an ever-increasing blight on the environment. Extra investment in cameras and manpower is needed”, he stated.
Enforcement officers worked from 9-5 Monday to Friday but most of the illegal dumping took place outside of those hours, said Cllr. Marie Murphy. She asked if it was possible that the officers could work out of hours.
Christmas Food Appeal
The annual Clonmel Lions Club Christmas Food Appeal will be taken up at Dunnes Stores, Oakville and Davis Road; and SuperValu, Market Place on this Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14. Application letters for hampers should be dropped into the box at the County Council office in Emmet Street. Names, addresses, the number of family members and a contact phone number should be included.