Minister Denis Naughten has launched his 2018 Anti-Illegal Dumping Initiative and is encouraging Roscommon community groups through Roscommon County Council to apply for a share of this increased funding.
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 will form a central part of this year’s crackdown.
“This year I am increasing the allocation by €700,000 up to €2 million to build on the momentum that has now been created and to provide for a bigger focus on identifying and prosecuting illegal dumpers. Unlicensed and bogus waste collectors advertising on-line or through leaflet drops will be targeted.
“I am encouraging householders to always ask to see a permit before engaging with any bulky waste disposal operators. This is for your own protection,” said Minister Naughten.
“Disposal of mattresses are emerging as a significant environmental problem for local authorities with many mattresses being illegally dumped on road ways, mountains and beaches. This year I am encouraging Councils to consider holding a mattress amnesty day where homeowners could bring their mattresses to a recycling point free of charge”.
Applications for funding under the 2018 Anti-dumping Initiative are now being invited from Roscommon County Council for consideration by the Connacht Waste Enforcement Regional Local Authority subject to the selection criteria developed.
The deadline for applications is Friday, 2nd March and further information on the 2018 anti-dumping initiative is available from the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities and from the Environment Section of Roscommon County Council.