Local Fianna Fáil County Councillor, Cormac Devlin has asked the Council for a detailed breakdown of the amount of fines issued by the Council in 2005. His motion is as follows;
“To ask the Manager how many:
(a)incidents of illegal dumping was reported in the County in 2005?
(b)how many fines were issued in 2005?
(c)how many fines issued in 2005 were paid?
(d)does this Council operate a name and shame policy?
(e)what systems are the Council putting in place this year to deter and prevent illegal dumping in our County?”
(a)Approx. 1,825 complaints were reported and investigated in 2005.
(b)650 fines were issued in 2005 on the basis of evidence available.
(c)360 fines were paid in 2005.
(d)The Litter Management Plan agreed last month by the Council provides for the implementation of a name and shame policy.
(e)This Council employs 5 Litter Wardens who investigate all reports of illegal dumping in the County and issue Litter Fines where appropriate. The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Unit also monitors the movement of vehicles which are involved in the transportation of waste.
Members of the public are encouraged to be vigilant and report any incidents of illegal dumping which they witness to the Council on the Litter Free Phone (1800 403 503).
The free phone number is advertised on the Council website and on correspondence issued from Litter Section.