Only a handful of Local Authorities cited drone purchase in Anti-Dumping Initiative (ADI) spending.
Local TD Dublin Mid-West has said it is welcome to see an increase in Local Authorities using the Anti-Dumping Initiative (ADI) to purchase drones to tackle illegal dumping and that other Local Authorities should make use of the funds. Curran made the comments as information of projects funded by the ADI in 2017 and 2018, showed that drones were purchased by Leitrim, Cavan, Kilkenny and Fingal Local Authorities. Other Local Authorities cited ‘surveillance equipment’ as purchases but not necessarily drones. John Curran TD said, “It’s welcome to see more Local Authorities realise the potential of drones in combatting the scourge of illegal dumping. Illegal dumping and fly tipping has developed into a serious problem across the country and there are many well-known dumping black spots in South Dublin County Council area that would benefit from drone surveillance. Not only is this a major eyesore, the dumping of toxic materials like tyres and building rubble also sparks potential public health concerns.