Litter louts ruining our roadways

Nappies, food and furniture are among items dumped on roadside

Disgrace: illegal dumping at Blennerville.
Disgrace: illegal dumping at Blennerville.

Simon Brouder

There are increasing calls for Kerry County Council and the gardaí to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping which is becoming an increasing problem in many picturesque areas around Tralee.

Photographs were submitted to The Kerryman last week showing a large quantity of household trash that had been dumped on the roadside at Kearney's Road between Ballyard and Blennerville in an appalling act of fly-tipping.

The rubbish, which was apparently dumped overnight, includes household waste, used nappies, convenience food wrappers and boxes, kitchen utensils and even a bulky black leather armchair.

This latest example of illegal dumping follows other recent examples of domestic waste being dumped on the sand dunes at Banna, at Cockleshell Road near Lohercannon and near the Blennerville ship canal.

The problem of illegal dumping has become much more common during the recession and especially in recent months and has led to calls for a crackdown on dumpers ahead of the tourist season and as Tralee intensifies its efforts to retain its hard won gold medal in the Tidy Towns competition.

The matter was raised at Kerry County Council's meeting last week and management have pledged to take action.

The march meeting of Kerry County Council heard that there has been a major increase in illegal dumping cases around the county in the last year.

While small-scale dumping remained the same in Kerry, there was an increase in incidences of larger scale dumping in 2014, according to a report on litter pollution presented to councillors.

In all 509 cases of illegal dumping were investigated by Kerry County Council in 2014 a jump of 17 per cent on the 425 figure recorded 2013.

A total of 55 on-the-spot fines were issued last year with six prosecutions taken, and two notices served to clean sites.