Dumping close to Scardan waterfall
Dumping is a “terrible blight on our county” according to Cllr Sean McGowan, who was speaking at the recent Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District meeting.
The Fianna Fáil councillor asked what steps the council are taking to “try and halt the ever-growing problem of illegal dumping of household waste and other materials along our county roads.”
Cllr McGowan said “fly-by-dumping” is happening in quiet areas at night with some places seeing 50 bags thrown in a ditch.
The local authority acknowledged there is a problem with illegal dumping in Leitrim and said a major awareness campaign is now needed.
“With the support of the WERLA office and anti-dumping funding, we intend to appoint a PR company to run a media campaign in Leitrim this year. This will be advertised on all outlets such as local press, local radio, posters and electronic billboards, social media, website, etc.
The council noted that Galway County Council ran a campaign “We are watching you” in 2021 that was considered very successful.
A spokesperson for the council said, “This type of campaign should encourage the public to manage waste properly and to inform the council about illegal dumping activities which will hopefully lead to more successful prosecutions in the courts and reports in the local press.
This year Leitrim County Council also intends to increase enforcement activity in relation to waste presentation by-laws.
It is planned to carry out door-to-door surveys and spot checks on how household waste is being managed and check for active accounts.
Householders and businesses will be asked to provide evidence of how they dispose legally of their waste.
This initiative will be advertised to heighten awareness of the by-laws.
Tackling illegal waste handling and dumping is a national priority for 2022 to 2024, and Leitrim County Council will be working, within the region, with the WERLA office to identify inter-county illegal activity and progress enforcement.
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