Government pumps more money into battle against illegal dumping
Covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites being used
Due to unprecedented demand the Government is providing extra funds to local authorities to crackdown on illegal dumping.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten launched a major anti-illegal dumping initiative (ADI) in March 2017 and encouraged all local authorities and communities across the country to avail of a €650,000 allocation for the Scheme.
The use of covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites as well as the installation of CCTV cameras and better enforcement and prosecution actions formed part of the new crackdown by Minister Naughten.
Due to the phenomenal response from local authorities and communities across the country to the initial call for applications Minister Naughten is now providing extra funding to support a second phase of the initiative this year with immediate effect.
“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,” commented Minister Naughten.
“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.”
“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,” added Minister Naughten.
“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.”