The cost of clearing up after careless citizens is astonishing and costing local authorities a small fortune, however, funding has been allocated to tackle problems that could be solved by civic pride.
Some €63,300 in funding has been approved to tackle illegal dumping in Wexford with a further €28,000 pledged to crack down on litter, dog fouling and graffiti, announced locally by Fine Gael Minister Michael D’Arcy today.
Minister D’Arcy said the aim is to reduce illegal dumping and nuisance litter by providing funding for projects tackling the problem.
“The idea is to develop an integrated and effective combined approach with local authorities, communities and other state agencies.
Minister D’Arcy said that under the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Anti-Dumping Initiative funding will empower people across Wexford to take action against those in society who commit criminal acts against their communities by wilfully and irresponsibly dumping their waste and spoiling a most valuable asset – “our natural environment.”
A wide range of clean-up and restorative projects led by community, environmental and sporting groups have been approved for funding here in County Wexford, including clean-up operations, removing illegal waste from across the county, mattress/couch amnesties; awareness campaigns – social media campaigns and radio. Also preventative measures such as installation of signage and fencing; surveillance operations – CCTV, drone and trail surveillance; SMART enforcement equipment and resources for waste enforcement officers such as dash cams.
Separately, an allocation of €28,000 to tackle graffiti, dog fouling and litter in Wexford has been allocated.
“Local authorities use this programme to raise awareness and encourage behavioural change to help tackle graffiti and littering of all types, including gum, cigarette butts and dog fouling,” said Minister D’Arcy, who added; “Dog fouling is perhaps the most intrusive type of litter and a constant source of annoyance for us all on our streets, in our parks and on our beaches, posing many public health risks, particularly for children.”