CO COUNCIL NOW USING DRONES IN WAR ON DUMPING
FACED a with a growing tide of illegal dumping, Wexford Council is declaring war on waste, with the use of drones and CCTV aiding its dirt detectives in combating the plague.
It says that over the coming months, its anti-dumping Operation ‘Spota Dubh’ will target waste and litter blackspots throughout the county.
The council’s communica- tions manager David Minogue said more than a dozen litter and waste blackspots and will be focussing its attention on these areas and others during the course of the operation, including surveying the locations with drones, cleaning up the sites, and installing CCTV surveillance cameras to monitor for any continued illegal waste activities. Mr Minogue said the council promises to take strong and swift enforcement action against any people caught on camera littering or dumping.
The initiative aims to raise awareness of the damaging effects of litter and waste pollution on County Wexford each year, which not only destroys the local environment but costs the people of County Wexford more than €2.7 million in cleanup costs.
As part of this initiative, the Council will erect signage in these blackspot areas, and also undertakes to liaise with local communities and the probation services with regard to ongoing maintenance and monitoring.
Wexford County Council said it wanted to remind people of the availability of state-of-theart household recycling centres in the four main towns in the county where a wide range of materials can be recycled. These include electrical items, cardboard, books, magazines, metals, florescent lights, tetra pak cartons, textiles and batteries.
In addition, the council has developed a network of over 110 community recycling facilities in towns and villages throughout the county for the collection of glass bottles, jars and drink cans.
The Council will be holding a Mattress Amnesty on Saturday, October 14, where householders will be able to bring old clean dry mattresses to Holmestown Waste Management Facility free of charge (further details are available from the council’s website www.wexfordcoco.ie)
The Litter Pollution Act 19972009 provides for fines from €150 to €4,000 for littering offences so Dumpers Beware - You May Be Caught On Camera!
Operation Spota Dubh is supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE).
Drone footage captured by the Couny Council in the New Ross area.