Dumpers who travel to parks and rural parts of Fingal to drop their domestic waste could soon be in for a nasty surprise.
Councillors have aproved a budget of €334,000 to pay for the roll out of CCTV systems to catch those destroying our countryside.
The funding was approved as one of the capital transfers from last year’s council surplus.
Under the new Circular Economy Bill, Fingal will soon be permitted again to use cameras to catch and deter dumpers.
Commenting on the development, Cllr Ian Carey said:
“The volume of waste being dumped around our rural countryside is an utter disgrace.
“There are only a small number of people doing this but the damage they are doing is massive. I’m frankly delighted we will get to catch these people and I hope this strongly deters others from attempting to do the same.
“Fingal are making good preparations for when the new laws come into place. They have created heat maps of where dumping is happening and now they have the funding in place for the equipment.
“I want the message to go out – dump and you will be caught.
“I’m also glad that the Green Party could bring forward this Circular Economy Bill which is such an important piece of legislation to stop the scourge of plastic waste and litter.”
Providing an update on the situation relating to dumpers a council official explained:
Following the passing of the Circular Economy Bill, the Council are awaiting a Code of Practice which has to be approved by the Minister. The Council will then develop a county-wide strategy to deal with fly-tipping using CCTV, having regard to any restrictions in the code of practice, the financial cost of deploying cameras and processing the information from the cameras. Information obtained from the litter app will identify location for the use of CCTV and there is a supplier available to install CCTV. The “Don’t Dump on Us” campaign will be updated along with a social media campaign to announce the return of and use of CCTV.