PURE gets cash to continue battle with illegal dumpers
HUGE INCREASE IN FLY TIPPING OVER CHRISTMAS PERIOD
THE FREEING up of Government monies to fund PURE (Protecting Uplands & Rural Environments) for a further three years is a timely move after a busy period of illegal dumping once Christmas had passed.
The PURE project was launched in 2006 to find a solution to the increase of fly-tipping and small scale illegal dumping activity in the Wicklow uplands.
The PURE hotline was flooded with calls about illegal dumping taking place a regional bottle banks, particularly at Newtownmountkennedy, Dunlavin and Tinahely. In the past people have chosen to leave bags of domestic rubbish at the amenity site, but over Christmas mattresses, furniture and other household rubbish were all dumped.
Over 1.5 tonnes of rubbish was collected from the Newtownmountkennedy bottle bank, with the scale of the dumping appalling local residents and visitors to the area.
There was also plenty of activity after the Christmas break around the Wicklow uplands and mountains. Close to 70 collections took place in the first week, with approximately 20 tonnes of illegal dumping removed.
According to Ian Davis, Project Manager for PURE, ‘we were getting a lot of calls just before Christmas and they continued throughout the holidays. Some people use this period as a clean-out time and then seem to think nothing of dumping their unwanted goods in the mountains.’
The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government recently announced the extension of the PURE project for a further three years. The Department will provide funding of €100,000 per annum in support of the project over the three years. Fáilte Ireland has also joined the project as a stakeholder.
Speaking on about both announcements, Mr. Davis says, ‘the Minister’s commitment in continuing the funding for PURE is an acknowledgement that the project works and insures that we can continue for a further three years. The recent inclusion of Fáilte Ireland to the project demonstrates the benefits PURE brings to both the people who live and recreate in the upland areas and to the many thousands of tourist who visit the region each year.’
Anyone wishing to use the PURE Hotline in conjunction with Wicklow County Council to report dumping or dumpers can use the lo-call number 1850 365 121.
Some examples of illegal dumping around Wicklow over the last couple of months.