National communication campaign recently launched by Government of Ireland, My Waste and Local Authorities, calls on all citizens to get involved in the fight against illegal dumping and fly tipping in Ireland. A tailored suite of information and awareness messaging for promotional use by your community, school or voluntary group, may be accessed by visiting www.mywaste.ie.
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.
On Friday 28th June 2019 in Monaghan Town, Leas Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council Seamus Treanor officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign. The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) has been successful to date in changing the public’s behaviour by encouraging correct gum disposal through a targeted education and awareness campaign. The 2018 campaign maintained an all-time high of 93% of people stating that they regard chewing gum as litter, up from 74% when the campaign first began in 2007. This points to the attitudinal impact which the campaign has had to date.
Speaking at the launch, Leas Cathaoirleach Seamus Treanor said; “The Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign is a fantastic initiative which harnesses community spirit and channels it towards achieving a common goal, that of ridding our streets of littered gum. I am delighted to see local communities from right across the county coming together again this year under the GLT banner in an effort to make a positive change within their respective localities. The GLT campaign has made some very positive inroads to date on this issue and I hope that the campaign will continue to do so again this year.”
Monaghan County council have two Recycling Centres, operated on a concession based contract by McElvaney Waste and Recycling. Both facilities take more than just paper and plastic. Check out a video that was commissioned by Environmental Services to highlight the facilities.
The local Tidy Town Committee has been involved in a major sustainability programme since the beginning of the year. The programme has many different facets to it which the committee will be highlighting throughout the summer months. One of the first elements was an awareness campaign concerning the litter problem relating to the disposal of coffee cups along the streets and roadways. The problem has reached gargantuan proportions nationwide in recent years so Carrickmacross Tidy Town Committee decided to lead the way in improving the situation and called in the assistance of the Local Environment Officer, Nial O’Connor. The end result was extremely productive and Carrickmacross set a headline for the rest of the country as far back as February 2018 when the Tidy Town Committee met with eleven establishments in the town that use coffee cups.
At this joint meeting each of the establishments undertook to get involved in the Conscious Cup campaign locally by creating an environmental awareness around using reusable and compostable coffee cups. Sample re-usable coffee cups were distributed to each establishment and highlighted in a video campaign which can be seen online. The eleven coffee shops and filling stations vigorously promoted the idea and as an incentive are allowing a 10 cent reduction for customers who bring their own re-usable coffee cups thus reducing the usage of disposable cups and consequently enhancing the local environment.
Obviously the success of the campaign will ultimately be determined by the reduction of disposable cups along our streets and roadways and the increased use of compostable and re-usable cups. The Tidy Town Committee wishes to thank the businesses who took a very responsible and positive lead in the campaign which will improve our sustainability as a local community. The committee is also grateful to Niall O’Connor of Monaghan County Council for his advice and involvement in the project. The campaign shows, yet again, that when voluntary and statutory groups work hand in hand with business and industry significant progress can be made in improving the local environment. Please ask your local coffee outlet if they are involved in the campaign and do your bit for Carrickmacross. Another first for our progressive Tidy Town Committee in Carrickmacross.
Anita Cassidy and Gerry Hand (Tidy Towns Committee)
Claudine from Dinkins and Nial O’Connor from Monaghan County Council
Stephen from Homebake Café and Nial O’Connor from Monaghan County Council
Richard and Caroline from Hughes Coffee Shop
Siobhan from James Bernard Ireland with Gerry Hand (Tidy Towns)
Breda McGuigan (Tidy Towns) with Stephen from Matildas Bakery & Delicatessen
Gerry Hand (Tidy Towns) with Carol from Name it cafe
Sean from Sean’s Deli with Breda (Tidy Towns)
Cathal and Karen from O’Gorman’s SuperValu and Gerry Hand (Tidy Towns)