Warning of severe penalities for illegal dumping

Indiscriminate illegal dumping is becoming a very serious issue for Leitrim County Council. This dumping is suspected to be conducted by both private individuals and unauthorised waste collectors.

Indiscriminate illegal dumping is becoming a very serious issue for Leitrim County Council. This dumping is suspected to be conducted by both private individuals and unauthorised waste collectors.

Leitrim County Council advise, that the transfer of waste to unauthorised waste collectors is illegal. Leitrim County Council also wish to advise the public that there are severe penalties for those people caught dumping waste illegally and on-the-spot fines will be imposed on those caught littering and on those on whose property the dumped material is found. It is therefore imperative that property owners address immediately any illegal dumping incidents. Leitrim County Council also wish to encourage the general public to be vigilant in this regard and to report the perpetrators of this illegal activity to the Environmental Hotline number 1890 205 205.

Leitrim is generally regarded as being a county of significant scenic beauty and every effort should be made to preserve this image. People should not fly tip waste and everyone living in Leitrim has an obligation to maintain its good image and report cases of fly-tipping of waste when and where it occurs. The burning of household waste is prohibited under the Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009 which states under no circumstances should household waste of any kind be burned at any time.

Indiscriminate illegal dumping has serious consequences for the appearance and value of our environment; it encourages rodents, the spread of disease and threatens the health and welfare of humans and animals alike. It is a socially unacceptable practice which transfers an unfair burden to the affected landowners, to the Council and ultimately the taxpayers.

The Council is keen to ensure that each person shoulders the responsibility for their own waste. To this end, the public are being encouraged to assist the work of the Council and to protect their environment.