Hidden cameras are being employed by Waterford Council in an effort to tackle the ongoing problem of illegal dumping.
The issue is consistenly raised with local councillors by constituents in Waterford.
One proposal being put forward is for a name and shame campaign using pictures taken from the newly installed CCTV cameras.
Cllr Eddie Mulligan, supported by fellow Fianna Fail Councillor Jason Murphy, requested that the Council consider a “Show, Name and Shame” campaign, from still shots from the newly installed CCTV cameras.
Cllr Mulligan told a recent council meeting the approach had worked successfully with Dublin Council. An example of which would be in the North inner City. CCTV has been used to obtain high resolution still photographs, which are then incorporated into a poster campaign to successfully combat illegal dumping, in the Five Lamps area of the City.
“There should be a name and shame campaign running in parallel, to name those who are fined, whether they pay the penalty or not!” according to Cllr Mulligan.
In response to the Councillors, Waterford Council stated that they would review the Dublin campaign and check if it can be carried out within the confines of the law, in relation to current data protection legislation.
It has also emerged that only 51% of ‘On the Spot’ Litter fines were paid this year.
Cllr Eddie Mulligan believes the sanctions for dumping aren’t stiff enough.