A new €3m fund to combat illegal dumping offers opportunities for community groups in the South Dublin County Council area, according to local Independent Minister Katherine Zappone. The national funding is being made available to groups and councils to undertake education, prevention and clean ups. Minister Zappone says it offers an opportunity to protect parks, green areas and local rivers which are a huge resource to people of all ages, in particular during the summer months.

Minister Zappone added: “The decision to double the ‘Anti-Dumping Initiative’ funding to €3m this year underlines the vital role community groups and local people play in combating the scourge of illegal dumping. With our fantastic parks, green areas as well as woodlands and rivers South and West Dublin is particularly vulnerable to those who seek to dodge waste charges or make a quick buck by avoiding our laws on litter and rubbish. Not only do they create eyesores but they also create dangers in particular for young children who go out exploring during the longer hours of day light and while on Easter and Summer Holidays. I encourage all communities in Templeogue, Tallaght and Citywest as well as the surrounding areas to examine the scheme and see if they can draw down funding for either prevention or clean up work.

In addition to community efforts the fund can to promote innovation, surveillance using drones, special collections for awkward items like mattresses, spreading awareness among young people and recognizing the work of volunteers can all pay a role. Applications close on the 30th of April 2019. Interested applicants can find more information here www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/waste/enforcement/anti-dumping-initiative