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New measures needed to stop illegal dumping

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 11:55am

New measures needed to stop illegal dumping

Illegal dumping in Dunboyne Park recently.

Dunboyne Fianna Fail Cllr Noel Leonard has raised the issue of illegal dumping and littering in Dunboyne and the surrounding areas.

Over the Easter weekend in particular, littering reached a new low, he said, with the litter warden flat out catch up with the amount of rubbish being dumped on motorways, local road, lanes and rural roads.

Speaking after inspecting sites where rubbish was dumped, Cllr Leonard said: “this is getting out of control. The on the spot fine system is clearly not working. These people are brazen. We need a system whereby people are named and shamed. The litter warden does excellent work, and is regularly able to identify the owner of the dumped rubbish through its contents.

“What we must do,” he continued, “is fine the culprits then name and shame them. I would like to set up a text alert system, akin to the one that many areas have for crime prevention, so that people who witness this behaviour can text the council or the litter warden to make them aware of the offence”

Leonard explained that these two measures, the text alert system and the name and shame system would add to the deterrence to people committing this illegal dumping.

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