50% increase in funding to prevent fly-tipping

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50% increase in funding to prevent illegal dumping

50% increase in funding to prevent illegal dumping

Applications are now open to apply for some of the €3million fund made available under the Anti-Dumping initiative by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton T.D.

Minister Bruton T.D. announced the €3million fund on Monday, April 1, in a bid to tackle the growing problem of illegal dumping. Making the announcement at Darndale Community Centre, North Dublin, the Minister said the problem of illegal dumping can only be rectified if we stick together.

"Illegal dumpers are poking their finger in the eye of communities all over the country. We can only stamp it out if we work together. This money will step up the chances of catching the offenders and will provide help to those who want to do the right thing.

“Innovation, surveillance using drones, special collections for awkward items like mattresses, spreading awareness among young people and recognizing the work of volunteers can all play a role.” he said.

Minister Bruton T.D. confirmed the initiative will be putting a special emphasis on targeting litter black spots.

"Since 2017, the ADI programme has removed some 5,000 tonnes of illegal waste from some of the country's most notorious fly tipping black-spots.

“In the vast majority of cases, once a community takes action in a particular area, re-offending becomes highly unlikely. Nearly half of the funding being announced today will go towards tackling black-spots." Bruton T.D. added.

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Funding for the programme has increased to €3million this year, a 50% increase on last year. This is in addition to the €7.4m annual enforcement grant, which supports the recruitment and retention of 150 local authority waste enforcement personnel across the country.

Funding is available for physical infrastructure such as fencing and signage Community preservation projects (up to 90) and Bulky waste collection events (up to 50). There is also funding available for anti-litter awareness campaigns and educational programmes for primary schools. Funding can also be availed of for monitoring or surveillance purposes, the roll out of test purchases project to all 31 Local Authorities and for the development of a dumping database.

Applications are open from today, Monday April 1, and will close on April 30. You can get further information at www.dccae.gov.ie.