SDCC urged to use drones in battle against illegal dumping

Dumping South Dublin Co Co

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.

“Many of the ADI projects cited covert and overt CCTV to target dumping blackspots while another gave information on the purchasing of dummy CCTV cameras and poles. While these efforts are also important, I do believe that when used appropriately, drone surveillance is highly effective and would urge Local Authorities to appraise their use. “The Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) Bill 2017, highlights the value of drones and the opportunities they provide. The legislation also recognises the challenges they pose and that’s why regulation is necessary. “SMART enforcement initiatives are the way forward. I believe the 2019 funds for the ADI should see more drones purchased by Local Authorities and I would like to see the Government get behind Local Authorities who use drones to tackle dumping and create an awareness campaign which would in turn encourage others”, he concluded.
Sarah Brooks

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