Measures to tackle illegal dumping need to be enacted by the Government according to Tipperary TD Michael Lowry.
The Regional Independent TD raised the matter in the Dáil during a discussion on Promised Legislation saying “illegal dumping continues to be an enormous problem across Tipperary and the country.”
Deputy Lowry highlighted the fact that the Circular Economy and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2022 became law in July 2022 and this allowed for the GDPR-compliant use of CCTV for waste-enforcement purposes by local councils.
Before it can become operational the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is to draw up a Code of Practice for the use of CCTV by Local Authorities to deter and detect illegal dumping and this is to be submitted to the Minister of Environment for his approval.
This code of practice is yet to be delivered almost 18 months after the Dáil passed the legislation which is preventing Local Authorities from using CCTV for this purpose.
Tánaiste Micheal Martin describes the current situation as unacceptable and is to follow up with the LGMA.
The Local Government Management Agency(LGMA) is a state agency established in 2012 that provides a range of professional services to all 31 local authorities.