Council issues 40 per cent more littering fines

Council issues 40 per cent more littering fines
Donegal County Council issued nearly 40 per cent more fines for littering and illegal dumping in 2012 than they did in 2011, the council announced this week.

Donegal County Council issued nearly 40 per cent more fines for littering and illegal dumping in 2012 than they did in 2011, the council announced this week.

The council waste awareness officer attributed the increase, in part, to the increased level of resources, including surveillance equipment, that the council has invested in different parts of the county to address the issue.

“Although we are disappointed at the level of illegal dumping taking place at a time when we are working hard to promote Donegal as a tourist destination, we are confident that by working with the community we can tackle this issue to achieve a greener and cleaner county for everyone in Donegal, including residents and visitors,” said Suzanne Tinney, waste awareness officer with the council.

Ms. Tinney said dumping can range from discarding waste boxes or bags at a bottle bank site to larger-scale dumping at more remote sites.

“These sites require perseverance and continued surveillance, but I am confident that the council is making inroads and we will be continuing this approach with vigour over the coming months,” Ms. Tinney said.

In 2012 Donegal County Council issued 173 fines or fixed penalty notices under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, up from 124 fines issued in 2011.

See Thursday’s Donegal Democrat for more.