With illegal dumping on the increase throughout Drogheda, Sinn Féin Cllr. Kenneth Flood has been raising the issue at Drogheda Municipal District Meetings over the past months.
Commenting Cllr. Flood said
“The director of services for operations confirmed to me that Louth County Council was disposing of 22 tonnes of waste left at council bins per month. That is an increase of 8 tonnes previously.
“The council have been proactive in attempting to catch offenders who illegally leave domestic waste at public bins by adding a weekend roster of litter wardens and by liaising with the waste disposal companies to ensure that every household in the county does in fact have their waste collected, as they are required to do by law.
“But they have also confirmed that although the litter wardens do examine as much of the illegally dumped waste as possible and fines have indeed been issued to offenders, the amount of illegally dumped domestic waste is just too vast for the litter wardens to examine fully.
“I contend that illegally dumping domestic waste is an affront to our town and countryside. I am aware that the introduction of domestic waste charges has added a financial burden on struggling families, but much of what is being dumped could be recycled at a minimal cost to the householder.
“Louth County Council should initiate a waste information campaign highlighting the fines and penalties that offenders will incur but also listing cost saving measures and Council Sites where recyclable domestic waste can be disposed of cheaply and legally.
“In the past, the council had a magazine called Eco News, that listed all the information any householder would need on properly disposing of their waste, but that was discontinued.
I have submitted a motion for May’s Drogheda Municipal District Meeting asking for this information campaign to be initiated and I intend to follow through until we turn the tide against illegal dumping”.
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Here is the motion for upcoming Council meeting,
With illegal dumping on the increase in The Drogheda Municipal District, this council will initiate an information campaign, to run in tandem with The Councils increased enforcement efforts, listing recycling and bring bank centres in The Drogheda Municipal District and what is allowed to be disposed of there, the reintroduction of Louth County Council’s Eco News, and a local media campaign listing the fines and penalties that offenders will incur and detailing Louth County Councils recycling points.