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Illegal Dumping - Kildare County Council

Kildare County Council welcomes the RTÉ Investigates programme on illegal dumping. Local authorities encourage any support that highlights the issue of illegal dumping in Ireland. Illegal dumping is a major problem facing this country and the issue needs to continue to be tackled in a partnership approach between the EPA, Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment, Kildare County Council and the public.

The Council acts in accordance with relevant legislation in relation to inspections and enforcement. Since 2014 the EPA have set specific targets for the Council on waste permit inspections and these are being delivered by Council staff who are working diligently across the county undertaking inspections and enforcement notices and prosecutions for non compliance or illegal dumping. 

2016

4,010 environmental inspections were carried out, 697 such inspections related to waste permits and illegal dumping, of which 105 were planned and 592 were on-the-spot waste inspections, 1,363 waste litter complaints were investigated, 50 illegal dumping instances were also investigated, 2 warning letters and 137 enforcement notices were issued against non-compliant operators in 2016.

2017

5,216 environmental inspections were carried out, 1,051 such inspections related to waste permits and illegal dumping, of which 82 were planned and 969 were on-the-spot waste inspections, 1,553 waste litter complaints were investigated, 55 illegal dumping instances were also investigated, 43 enforcement notices were issued against non-compliant operators in 2017.

Householders and businesses should ensure that they are disposing of their own waste through approved waste providers and authorised waste facilities. The public also have a key role to play in tackling illegal dumping by being vigilant and notifying authorities of wrongdoing.

Ireland is making strident efforts to reduce the amount of waste it produces and the Council  is actively working at local level, supporting central government and regional activities, to raise awareness and help individuals, communities and businesses to reduce, recycle and compost waste so that Ireland has a cleaner environment. 

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