Illegal dumping will be targeted in new campaign in Tipperary

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Illegal dumping will be targeted in new campaign in Tipperary

New measures will be implemented in an attempt to combat illegal dumping in Tipperary

Tipperary County Council will be able to ascertain whether a household has a refuse collection, as part of its campaign to prevent illegal dumping.

Households that didn't have a collection would be asked where they disposed of their refuse, and could be requested to produce dockets or receipts for recycling centres.

This was stated by Anne Peters, executive engineer in the council's environment section, at a meeting of Clonmel Borough District.

She told council members that such initiatives would take time to implement.

Ms Peters acknowledged that the level of litter fines - four were issued in the area in the first four months of the year - was disappointing.

However according to legal advice the council couldn't name and shame litter offenders, as members had suggested. The number of times that names and addresses that would identify offenders were found among rubbish dumped was few and far between.

She agreed that cctv could work in certain circumstances. Litter fines were substantial but there were huge issues in trying to get people to pay those fines.

However she believed that the by-laws proposed to tackle illegal dumping would help in the long term.

The application for the clean-up of Mountain View in Marlfield had been approved for funding under the National Anti-Litter Initiative, and works would commence shortly.

Ms Peters also said that there had been 6,214 visitors to the civic amenity site at Carrigeen in Clonmel during the first four months of the year. 

Cllr. Martin Lonergan described illegal dumping as "disgusting" and an incredible blight on communities.

Noting that four litter fines had been issued in the first four months of the year, he said "I really think we need to up the ante here". 

As it was very hard to ascertain who was doing it, he suggested that the council would go down the road of naming and shaming offenders in the local media to deter cases of illegal dumping.

Cllr. Pat English said that unless they got tough with people the growing litter problem would get even worse.The pay-by-weight system made it more costly to get rid of rubbish, so people were resorting to dumping illegally.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose said it was great to hear that some litter offenders were being caught.

However what she described as "the horror of dog fouling" was in her view escalating. Dispensers for dog fouling were needed, and when dog fouling was put into a bag it could be disposed of in any bin.

Cllr. Marie Murphy said that litter offenders could pay fines at a rate of €2 a week and she believed that was no deterrent  -"they're only laughing, and I have no doubt that some of them are repeat offenders", she said.

It was proposed to name and shame offenders in the Kilworth area of north Cork and she suggested that a similar scheme would be launched in this area. She was pleased to learn that Environment Minister Denis Naughten had plans to impose tougher fines and increase the number of on-the-spot fines.

Cllr. Michael Anglim said that dumping was a huge problem and they should never have abandoned the policy of naming and shaming offenders. He said it had also been pointed out to him that people were cutting rhododendrons, and this was just as dangerous as cutting ragwort.

Cllr. Michael Murphy said the proposed by-laws in their current form would give significant extra powers to councils and would be an alternative approach to tackling illegal dumping.