Tuesday 18 June 2019

Dumping continues to be a costly problem in County Wexford

Sara Gahan

Gorey councillors were given two presentations by representatives from Wexford County Council's Department of Environment regarding Litter Management System at last week's Gorey Municipal District meeting

Even though the councillors applauded the great work carried out by the department throughout the year, they voiced their concerns regarding major dumping black spots in the Gorey district.

The councillors were also shocked to learn during the presentation that it cost Wexford County Council €2.8 million to tackle illegal dumping in 2017.

'I think it's absolutely shocking and disgraceful that we spent €2.8 million to clean up after people,' said Cllr Anthony Donohoe. 'We need to begin a programme for primary school children, start to educate them while young.'

In the presentation, it was outlined to councillors that the Department focus on education; enforcement; working with local communities and controlling the situation. CCTV and drones have also played a major role this year in helping the council.

Once the presentation was over, the councillors recommended certain black spots they would like to see targeted.

Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin said there is a lot of illegal dumping on a laneway near Chucky's River, which could cause some flooding if it falls in.

'The last couple of years people just seem to think it is alright to dump there,' said Cllr O Suilleabheain. 'If we could get some heavy machinery to get the laneway cleaned and try to tackle it.'

Cllr Pip Breen said most dumping is done by the same people.

'It's habitual with them, they just keep moving along and dump in other parts,' said Cllr Breen. 'Cahore Point is one area. These people need to be made an example of.'

Cllr Breen suggested starting in the schools to educate pupils and students about the effects of illegal dumping.

'The amount of dumping in ditches still is horrendous,' added Cllr Mary Farrell. 'We need CCTV or picture evidence to fine these people.'

Gerry Forde, senior engineer Wexford County Council, told the councillors they would try tackle the black spots next year.

Gorey Guardian