Dumpers fined over €22,000 last year


Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil is con­tin­u­ing to crack down on il­le­gal dumpers and those who break the lit­ter laws with a se­ries of hefty fines be­ing im­posed by the courts last year.

In to­tal 44 cases of il­le­gal dump­ing in Wick­low were be­fore the courts in 2018 with a to­tal of €22,420 im­posed in fines.

The high­est fine levied was €2,500. This in­volved a case of an in­di­vid­ual dump­ing a skip bag of waste in Kil­carra, Ark­low. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on CCTV and the cul­prit was iden­ti­fied on the footage.

In ad­di­tion, 350 lit­ter fines were im­posed by the coun­cil. These fines are is­sued for in­ci­dents such as dump­ing waste, leav­ing items at bot­tle banks and throw­ing lit­ter items (such as plas­tic drinks bot­tles, cof­fee cups, cig­a­rette butts etc) from ve­hi­cles.

Three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents of il­le­gal burn­ing of waste at Rath­new re­sulted in to­tal fines of €1,200 while a sim­i­lar fine was im­posed for the dump­ing of green waste on the grounds of a sports fa­cil­ity.

A num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als were iden­ti­fied as re­spon­si­ble for a large vol­ume of waste dumped in Charles­land, Grey­stones, which led to the courts im­pos­ing fines and penal­ties to­talling €1,000.

Over a dozen bags of waste dumped op­po­site Bal­ly­waltrim Cot­tages in Bray re­sulted in two in­di­vid­u­als be­ing iden­ti­fied. The court im­posed a to­tal penalty of €900, made up of fine and costs.

A €500 Fixed Penalty No­tice was is­sued by the coun­cil to an in­di­vid­ual for de­posit­ing waste at a fa­cil­ity with­out a Waste Col­lec­tion Per­mit. The penalty was not paid and the judge im­posed fines of €975.

Penal­ties to­talling €650 were im­posed by the courts as a re­sult of the il­le­gal dump­ing of an in­di­vid­ual’s waste at a pri­vate hous­ing com­plex in Ma­rine Vil­lage, Ark­low. Ve­hi­cle iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­tails con­firmed the per­son re­spon­si­ble.

Two in­di­vid­u­als were iden­ti­fied from four large bags of food waste dumped off Main Street, Davitt Road, Bray. Clean-up con­tri­bu­tions of €650 were paid to the coun­cil.

Il­le­gal dump­ing of a large vol­ume of waste on O’Bryne Lane, Ve­vay Road, Bray, cost an in­di­vid­ual €630 af­ter ev­i­dence was re­trieved from the waste.

A fine of €600 was levied by the courts in the case of il­le­gal dump­ing at Fas­saroe, Bray, af­ter an in­di­vid­ual ad­mit­ted hand­ing over waste to an unauthoris­ed col­lec­tor.

Three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents of il­le­gal dump­ing of waste at Lamb Hill, Manor Kil­bride, Bless­ing­ton, re­sulted in an unauthoris­ed col­lec­tor of waste fac­ing a penalty of €530. An in­di­vid­ual also agreed to con­trib­ute €500 to the coun­cil to­wards the clean-up costs in this case.

In a sim­i­lar case of waste dumped by an unauthoris­ed col­lec­tor at Boghall Road, Bray, a con­tri­bu­tion of €500 was made by an in­di­vid­ual to­wards the coun­cil’s clean-up costs.

Some 50-70 bags of house­sh­old waste was dumped at Aurora, Glen­cree, and, af­ter ev­i­dence was re­cov­ered, an in­di­vid­ual made a con­tri­bu­tion of €500 to­wards clean-up costs.

Two tonnes of waste dumped on a site in Charles­land, Grey­stones, re­sulted in €500 be­ing paid to­wards clean-up costs. A sim­i­lar sum for clean-up costs was paid in the case of a per­son who gave their waste to an unauthoris­ed col­lec­tor and it was sub­se­quently dumped at Boghall Road, Bray.

A driver who was seen throw­ing a cig­a­rette butt out on to the road­way on Main Street, Ark­low, ended up pay­ing a to­tal of €550 through a court fine and costs.

A truck load of waste was dumped at Seefin Road, Manor Kil­bride, Bless­ing­ton, near the Army base. Ev­i­dence was re­trieved and an in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­fied who faced a fine of €500.

Six bags of house­hold waste dumped at the bot­tle banks at Gil­spur Heights, Bray, lead to an in­di­vid­ual pay­ing fines and penal­ties of €500.

Fines and penal­ties in other cases ranged from €150 to €450.

Deputy Pat Casey with Maebh Egan of the Ir­ish Na­tional Teach­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INTO) and Fear­gal Brough­man, Pres­i­dent of the INTO, at the INTO lobby day in Dublin, which was at­tended by 125 politi­cians.

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