IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the 50% increase in funding to tackle illegal dumping; he has also called for increased prosecutions by local authorities.
Thomas Cooney said, “Farm families and rural dwellers are the real custodians of the environment. They are sickened by the abhorrent behaviour of passing motorists and serial dumpers who use the countryside as a tipping ground - It’s not acceptable and can’t continue.”
Minister Bruton’s announcement today builds on the €1.3m that was provided to tackle illegal dumping last year; innovation, surveillance using drones and special collections for awkward items like mattresses are among the measures to be funded.
“While education and awareness are important, we need to see action by local authorities, who must track, trace and prosecute these litter louts.”
“Farmers have a strong record”
Thomas Cooney said: “Farmers have a strong record when it comes to recycling waste streams. Each year, over 25,000-tonnes of silage bale wraps, fertiliser bags and meal bags are recycled right across the country.
“In 2018, IFA worked with the Department of Environment to recycle the equivalent of over half a million car tyres, and we want to work with Government to finish this job and recycle other waste streams.”
Concluding he saidL “This increased funding is to be welcomed. The success of the additional measures announced today must also include further prosecution of serial dumpers.”
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