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Cashel councillor warns about rise in illegal dumping during Covid-19 emergency

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Cashel councillor warns about rise in illegal dumping during Covid-19 emergency

Councillor Declan Burgess

Some €1 million in funding will be given to local authorities to combat a worrying rise in illegal dumping during the Covid-19 emergency, Fine Gael’s Declan Burgess has said.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has developed an Anti-Dumping Initiative to work in partnership with Tipperary County Council and community organisations in developing appropriate enforcement responses and carrying out clean-up operations in Tipperary.

Cllr Burgess said: “Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, there has been a reported rise in illegal dumping, particularly as people clean out their houses and sheds and are using recycling banks more frequently during the pandemic.

“There are many environmental problems and health risks caused by illegal dumping and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure waste is disposed of in the correct fashion.

“Tipperary County Council can apply for funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment until May 4 for its enforcement operations and I would strongly encourage it to do so.”

Waste removal and the installation of CCTV or other monitoring and surveillance equipment will be among the activities supported with funds from the Anti-Dumping initiative.

Since the introduction of the Anti-Dumping Initiative in 2017, funding of €6.3 million has been provided which has supported over 700 projects across all 31 local authorities and removed 10,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste.

This is in addition to the €7.4 million annual enforcement grant, which supports the recruitment and retention of 150 local authority waste enforcement personnel across the country.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said: ‘I am extremely concerned with reports of an increase in illegal dumping during the Covid crisis.

“By providing local authorities with advance funding we will ensure they can respond quickly and decisively. Illegal dumping is committed by a minority but is a scourge on local communities.”

Burgess concluded by encouraging Tipperary citizens to not litter, clean up dog fouling and together lets keep our beautiful county clean.