Denis Naughten, The Minister for Communications Climate Action and the Environment, recently launched a new anti-illegal dumping initiative and is now encouraging all local authorities to make use of the allocated €650,00 to the scheme.
Drones and satellite imagery is now being used by authorities in their attempts to find and convict the culprits of this illegal dumping epidemic.
CCTV cameras have also been installed in dumping hotspots along with better enforcement and prosecution actions being formed to help combat the problem.
The news of the response has drawn a huge response from local authorities across the country with a huge number of applications. A second phase of extra funding by the initiative is now being provided immediately.
Mr. Naughen says the work is now being done to find the culprits, he said ““The battle is well and truly on to catch and prosecute those who are committing environmental and economic treason by dumping waste illegally across our countryside, roads and rivers,”
Before adding “Our communities are standing as one to say enough. Our river-ways, mountainsides, towns and villages are to be used no longer as the dumping grounds for those amongst us who have no respect for their environment or their neighbours.”
Mr.Naughten confirmed the extra allocations amount to being €650,00 and mentioned the new use of technology in tackling the waste problem “I have doubled the initial allocation of €650,000 to support a new round of applications with total funding now standing at €1.3 million to clean-up dumping black-spots and to target those responsible using SMART technology including drone surveillance,”.
Mr. Naughten also spoke of his intentions to follow up on his promises, “I am honouring the commitment that I made when launching this programme in March to find the extra funds should they be required to support more strategic, community led anti-dumping projects provided that the applications submitted were of the requisite quality in terms of remediating problem areas and developing effective deterrents.”
There are currently 85 projects across the country who have been approved for funding, this is out of a total of 111 applications. All successful applications have thus far included the use of new technologies in the fight against dumping.
Numerous restoration and clean-up projects have also been approved for funding.
The Minister concluded by saying “The light lifting the shadow that dumpers have cast across our country can be seen in the nature of the projects which have already been approved for funding and where work is underway - from the Girley Bog Loop in Meath, to the Suck Valley in Roscommon; the Short Mountain in Kerry to Gardeners Hill in Balbriggan. People joined by pride in place and respect for their environment have come together to reclaim their streets, woodlands, bridges and parks and to put in place the measures that will catch and punish those responsible for blighting them with filth.”
Further information on the 2017 anti-dumping initiative is available from the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities and from the Environment Section of each local authority.