Law to Tackle Illegal Dumping in Dublin Mid West

Shirley O Hara Emer Higgins

The recent signing into law of the ‘Circular Economy Act’ represents a big step in tackling illegal dumping and littering, a local TD has said. All local authorities, including South Dublin County Council can now use CCTV and drones to spot and stop illegal dumping in problem areas. Local TD for Dublin Mid West Emer Higgins supports this new legislation, saying “it’s a big moment for our communities, giving us tools to deal with illegal dumping in Dublin Mid West. Advocating for this law in 2022, my aim was to tackle the prevalent issues of illegal dumping and fly-tipping, especially in the more rural areas of South Dublin”.

Reports of calls to the National Environment Complaints Line reveal that South Dublin is one of the worst areas to be hit by illegal dumping, with an increase on incidents happening each year. This law aims to change that by allowing better targeted monitoring and action. The litter management data from South Dublin County Council indicates a pressing challenge, with an annual collection of approximately 11,609 tonnes of waste, including illegal dumping. This represents an average increase of 3,459 tonnes compared to previous data and reinforces the importance of the Circular Economy Act in offering needed solutions.

Local Councillor Shirley O’Hara also welcomes the new legislation. She’s been working to fight against illegal dumping and littering throughout Dublin Mid West and sees this new legislation as a major step in the right direction “I’m delighted to see the introduction of this legislation, it’s been a long time coming and is going to significantly impact our communities, making them cleaner and more environmentally friendly.”

“The Circular Economy Act encourages everyone – residents, businesses, local authorities – to work together for better waste management. By utilising modern technology and enforcing tougher regulations, this new law should help to ensure that the areas hardest hit by illegal dumping see real change, creating cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable spaces for everyone”.

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