Spotlight put on increase in illegal dumping

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Cllr. Michael Fitzgerald

A local councillor has asked Tipperary County Council to use CCTV to identify those responsible for illegal dumping across the district.

Cllr Michael Fitzgerald has spoken of how he has been made aware of numerous instances of illegal dumping, including the dumping of dead calves in rivers or at roadsides, with their tags removed.

The Fine Gael councillor also told Tipp Mid West that he believes illegal dumping has become more common since the lockdown measures were imposed, and has suggested that those responsible are taking advantage of there being fewer people or potential witnesses around.

He has spoken with the Environment Section of the council and has been told that it is prepared to use CCTV cameras in the areas where illegal dumping and thefts are regularly taking place, in a bid to identify those responsible.

Cllr Fitzgerald has also drawn attention to the Anti Dumping Funding for Communities scheme.

The initiative aims to reduce incidents of illegal dumping by providing funding for projects to tackle the problem.

The successful initiatives are 100% funded and the application form can be downloaded on the County Council website.

Queries can be forwarded to David Corbett Environment & Climate Action, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
[email protected]