Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has welcomed the introduction of funding that will tackle illegal dumping during the Covid-19 crisis. €1 million in funding will be ring fenced and will go towards the installation of CCTV in dumping hotspots as well as the removal of waste.
Deputy Farrell said, “Sadly, we have seen an increase in illegal-dumping activity over the past number of weeks. This comes at a time when national resources are under significant pressure in the fight against Covid-19.”
“The actions by some individuals to choose now as a time to dump waste illegally is very regrettable and must not be tolerated. I am therefore pleased that the Department has taken proactive measures and made available funding to tackle this situation and prevent it from becoming worse.”
“It is vitally important that during this crisis we do not, as a society, let slip the standards of our communities and continue to show respect for our neighbours and environment in which we live.”
Deputy Farrell added, “Many people in our communities take time out of their daily routines to participate in community clean up events and tidy towns groups. This funding will ensure the authorities have the means necessary to tackle this problem efficiently and effectively, while ensuring that the community’s hard work is not undone.”
Applications for the 2020 Anti-Dumping Initiative are open now and the closing date for applications is May 4th. More information can be found at https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/waste/enforcement/anti-dumping-initiative/Pages/2020-Initiative.aspx