PRESS RELEASE – Monday 9 October 2017
Council to use CCTV and Drone Footage in Litter Crackdown
Over the coming months, Wexford County Council will be implementing “Operation Spota Dubh”, an anti-dumping initiative which targets litter and waste black-spots throughout Co. Wexford. The Council has already identified more than a dozen litter and waste black-spots and will be focussing it’s attention on these areas and others during the course of the operation, including surveying the locations with drones, cleaning up the sites, and installing CCTV surveillance cameras to monitor for any continued illegal waste activities.
The Council promises to take strong and swift enforcement action against any people caught on camera littering or dumping.
The initiative aims to raise awareness of the damaging effects of litter and waste pollution on County Wexford each year, which not only destroys the local environment but costs the people of County Wexford more than €2.7 million in clean-up costs. As part of this initiative, the Council will erect signage in these blackspot areas, and also undertakes to liaise with local communities and the probation services with regard to ongoing maintenance, monitoring etc.
Wexford County Council reminds the public of the availability of state-of-the-art household recycling centres in the 4 main towns in the County where a wide range of materials can be recycled. These include electrical items, cardboard, books, magazines, metals, florescent lights, tetra pak cartons, textiles and batteries. In addition, the Council has developed a network of over 110 community recycling facilities in towns and villages throughout the County for the collection of glass bottles, jars and drink cans.
The Council will be holding a Mattress Amnesty on Saturday 14th October, 2017 where householders will be able to bring old clean dry mattresses to Holmestown Waste Management Facility free of charge (further details from Council’s website www.wexfordcoco.ie).
The Litter Pollution Act 1997-2009 provides for fines from €150 to €4,000 for littering offences so Dumpers Beware - You May Be Caught On Camera!
Operation Spota Dubh is supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE).