It’s Not In our Nature – Is it in Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!
To continue to tackle illegal dumping, an integrated campaign ‘It’s not in our nature, is it in Yours? using social media, local radio and press was delivered in 9 counties in the Connacht Ulster Waste Region over the summer. This campaign supported the ongoing efforts of Local Authorities in cleaning up illegally dumped waste material. The campaign is being coordinated by the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority (CU WERLA).
To date, numerous clean ups have taken place and speaking on behalf of the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority, Sean Scott, Regional Co-Ordinator said, ‘Our overall aim is to eliminate unsightly illegal dumps and further protect our environment both in rural and urban settings as well as engaging with the public to ensure that areas remain clean once clean-ups have taken place’. ‘Significant costs are associated with cleaning up illegally dumped waste and there is an onus on all citizens to dispose of waste in the correct manner. Going forward, it is hoped that the use of technology including drones as well as overt and covert surveillance equipment will become more effective and act as a deterrent’ said Mr. Scott.
Mr Scott also pointed out that Byelaws are being introduced in every Local Authority across the region in relation to the regulation storage, presentation and collection of household waste. The bye-laws govern a range of issues, including obliging consumers to participate in an authorised waste collection service (or provide documentary proof on what alternative means they use to dispose of their waste) and encouraging greater segregation of waste to reduce volumes of residual waste collected.
The Connacht Ulster Waste Region campaign It’s Not in Our Nature – Is it in Yours? – creating awareness of the issues of illegal dumping is coordinated by the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority. It is supported by the Connacht Ulster Waste Region and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. A dedicated website called mywaste.ie is available to assist householders with the management of waste, for example providing details on what can and cannot be recycled, recycling, bring bank locations, civic amenity site locations etc.
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