€47k to tackle litter

Donegal County Council is to receive €47,000 from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to combat litter and graffiti.

Donegal County Council is to receive €47,000 from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to combat litter and graffiti.

The funding is part of a national package of more than €2.1m announced this week by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan. Funding of 2012 €27,000 was allocated to Donegal under the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme for initiatives such as local media campaigns, clean-ups, primary/secondary school competitions, exhibitions and the production of videos, posters and leaflets.

A further €20,000 was earmarked for Donegal under the Tourist Season Anti Litter Grant Scheme to assist in the clean up of key tourist destinations, such as beaches and known scenic areas, approach roads to and from points of access to the country, e.g. airports, ferry terminals, and the clean up of litter in rural areas generally.

Minister Hogan commented: “These supports will help local authorities tackle the problem of litter through awareness raising, enforcement and the maintenance of key tourist areas.

“The appearance of our towns, cities and countryside is crucial to both social and economic activity, and contributes significantly to the creation of jobs.”