Litter Management

Litter Management

‌The Litter Pollution Act 1997 – 2003 gives extensive powers to deal with litter

What is litter?
Litter is defined as:
“a substance or object that, when deposited in a place other than a litter receptacle, is likely to become unsightly, deleterious, nauseous or unsanitary.”

The definition of litter therefore is quite wide and includes graffiti, fly-tipping, domestic refuse placed in local authority litter receptacles, casual pieces of paper or cigarette ends and anything else large or small which is or is likely to become unsightly.

On the Spot Fine
Leaving or throwing litter in a public place or in any place that is visible from a public place is an offence which can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150 or a maximum fine of €3000 in court.

Litter Management Plan 2018-2020

Monaghan Local Authorities have adopted a Litter Management Plan 2018 – 2020. This plan sets out the objectives to prevent and control litter, as well as measures to raise public awareness over the next three years throughout the whole county.

Litter Management Plan 2018-2020 (PDF)

Litter and the Law
The litter laws have increased the powers of Local Authorities to combat the problem of illegal dumping of refuse and rubbish. The Environment section of Monaghan County Council has a dedicated team of staff who deal with all aspects of the enforcement of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 – 2003 and the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended.

This includes:
– Patroling selected areas checking for the presence of litter or illegally dumped waste
– Anti litter awareness raising initiatives
– Use of CCTV at Bring Centre sites

How to make a Litter Complaint
If you would like to report littering / illegal dumping please contact the Environmental services’ confidential Freephone 1800 2000 14 or email with exact details of location of litter or illegal dumping

Monaghan Local Authorities – Working Towards a Litter Free Environment
Údaráis Áitiúla Mhuineacháin – ag obair I dtreo timpeallaccht soar ó bhruscair