CO COUN­CIL NOW US­ING DRONES IN WAR ON DUMP­ING

Wexford People - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

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.

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