Dealing with illegal dumping costs the council around one million euro every year.
A campaign just launched aims to educate householders about their responsibilities
The campaign encourages householders to ask for a waste collection permit before giving their waste to anyone.
A short animated video was produced for use on social media and YouTube, as well as radio ads. These highlight the need to check for a waste collection permit; this can be done by visiting the National Waste Collection Permit Office’s website www.nwcpo.ie or by contacting the Environment Section of Waterford City and County Council.
Niall Kane, Senior Executive Engineer with Waterford City & County Council. said “Anyone engaged in the collection of waste is required to have a waste collection permit”.
“Unauthorised waste collectors often engage in illegal dumping and you are still responsible. Before you give waste to anyone, ask to see their waste collection permit. Any vehicles from authorised waste collectors must have their name and waste collection permit number on it. Any of their advertisements must also give their name and waste collection permit number. We each have an obligation only to give our waste to an authorised collector.”
“Waterford City and County Council recently prosecuted an illegal waste collector for the illegal collection and disposal of waste” Mr Kane went on to say.
“They were ordered to pay approximately €5500 in court fines and legal costs.
Through the ongoing work of our Environmental Inspectors and the use of CCTV and hidden cameras, the council have issued 146 litter fines so far this year.