No waivers will increase illegal dumping claim

Illegal dumping will increase because there are no refuse collection waivers, Cllr Billy Shoer told a meeting of South Tipperary County Council.

Illegal dumping will increase because there are no refuse collection waivers, Cllr Billy Shoer told a meeting of South Tipperary County Council.

Cllr Marie Murphy pointed out fines have increased by 50% and she called for the names to be published as a deterrent.

Cllr Shoer said the number of fines was small compared to the dumping going on. Up to November 30, 77 fines have been issued.

Cllr Pat English asked that a letter be written to the minister asking for a waiver to be introduced, a proposal seconded by Cllr Michael Murphy.

Jimmy Harney told the meeting that when the county council operated refuse services their waiver alone cost €500,000 a year. Since the council ended their refuse collection service the nine staff have been redeployed.

He informed the meeting that the minister had set up a committee to look into the issue. They were due to report in October but no report has yet been published.

Mr Harney said that eight CCTV cameras have been bought this year to monitor dumping black spots and offenders have been identified.