illegal dumping

  • Describing illegal dumping as ‘economic and environmental treason’ the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Roscommon based, Denis Naughten has allocated €2 million this year for a targeted crackdown on illegal dumping black spots across the country. 

     Minister Naughten and the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring today launched the 2018 Anti-Illegal Dumping Initiative.

    Covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites as well as the installation of CCTV cameras and better enforcement and prosecution actions will form a central part of this year’s crackdown, confirmed Minister Naughten.  

    Ministers Naughten and Ring announced that applications are now open for Local Authorities and community groups to apply for funding under the 2018 Anti-Dumping Initiative with an increased funding allocation of €2 million euro for 2018.

     Applications for funding are being invited from Local Authorities and are focusing on unauthorised waste collectors and the sources of waste targeting unpermitted ‘man with a van’ operations advertising on-line and through leaflet drops; intelligence led days of action; household bulky waste initiatives such as mattress amnesties.

    The deadline for applications is Friday, 2nd March 2018 and further information on the 2018 anti-dumping initiative is available from the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities and from the Environment Section of each local authority.

  • Additional funding must be secured to ensure that enforcement officers in every local authority have the resources needed to combat fly tipping and illegal dumping. That’s the view of Galway based Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton.

    The deputy is the Chairperson of the Oireachtas Climate committee and she is calling on the government to significantly increase the funding given annually under the anti dumping initiative, 3 million euro was allocated under this initiative for 2019.

    In addition she argues that further funding must be secured under the Enforcement Measures Grant in a bid to combat illegal dumping in the region.

  • The IFA has made a submission to the Department of Environment calling for urgent action to tackle the issue of reckless littering in rural areas.

    The Association has pointed to the increased dumping of packaging waste generated from online purchases, builders’ rubble and household waste as examples of a growing problem of serial dumping in the countryside.

    IFA’s Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien has called for five key actions to address the increasing scourge of indiscriminate dumping and is seeking a meeting with the Department of Environment in the coming weeks to make progress on these proposals.

    • Details of those who receive on-the spot fines on more than two occasions published on local authority websites.
    • The regional waste enforcement authorities must ensure that all local authorities have a litter prevention plan in place, which is being implemented.
    • All local authorities must publish a list of convicted serial dumpers and seek tougher sentences.
    • All retailers, including online, which put waste packing on the market, must be required to fund a recycling programme for the correct management of these materials.
    • Change the waste management laws to ensure that reckless dumpers are pursued by local authorities and enforcement agencies, not the farmers whose land is dumped upon.




  • People who are caught dumping illegally need to be brought before the courts and named and shamed - that's according to a Galway East TD, who has criticised a sharp increase in the activity as a result of Covid-19.

    The government has announced that one million euro from the Anti Dumping Initiative will be ring-fenced to tackle an increase of illegal dumping during the crisis.

    The Minister for Rural Affairs Sean Canney says his department is now giving local authorities advanced funding to clamp down on the illegal dumpers, and this will include supporting the installation of monitoring and surveillance equipment.

  • There has been extensive illegal dumping at one of Roscommon’s prime fishing locations.

    Two washing machines and at least 14 bags of household waste were discarded in the river Lung in Ballaghaderreen over the weekend.

    Local councillor Michael Mulligan told Midwest News that seven of the bags, containing dirty nappies and food waste, were removed by fishermen, while the remainder flowed down the watercourse.

    The Sinn Féin politician claims that while dumping has been widespread in drains, bogs and private lands recently, this incident marks a new low.

    He described the situation as disgusting.

  • Galway county council is warning the public that illegal waste collectors are operating across the county.

    Taking to social media the local authority is warning that unofficial waste collectors are operating in the region.

    Under the “stopdumping” socoal media trend the local authority claims that illegitimate waste collectors do not transport rubbish to landfill, but rather dump it illegally.

    In a statement it advises:

    Always ask to see a waste collection permit before you give your waste to any collector and keep a record of the permit number and receipts.

    If you suspect a collector does not hold a permit please contact Galway County Council’s Environment Section at 091 509510 or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • A major and costly clean-up is getting underway today on cliffs close to Belmullet, where someone appears to have illegaly dumped household and bulky rubbish over the edge of the cliffs and into the sea.

    The rubbish has accumulated along the rocks at a location known as Dun na mBo, and was recently noticed by a passing kayaker, who alerted Mayo County Council.

    The local authority has now employed a specialist team of rope access experts to abseil down the cliff face and remove the waste.

    The clean-up operation could take a number of days to complete, according to Mayo County Council's Environmental Awareness Officer Sharon Cameron who has described it as a very disturbing situation along the Wild Atlantic Way.

    She says the clean-up could cost €20,000.



  • Some people are continuing to dispose of used plastic gloves and face masks on the streets and carparks of Castlebar, and according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, council mobile cameras are on the lookout for culprits, and those offenders caught on camera will be fined €150.

    Residents of St Patrick's Avenue, located directly across from Mayo University Hospital, have raised the ongoing littering problem with the  Cathaoirleach.

    Councillor Michael Kilcoyne has contacted Mayo County Council on the issue, and says the local authority will be installing mobile cameras throughout the county town to capture such indiscriminate dumping and impose fines on those responsible.