Dumping is at 'epidemic proportions' across county
THE LEVEL of illegal dumping in Co. Wexford is of 'epidemic proportions'.
That is according to County Manager Eddie Breen, who was speaking at last Tuesday's Wexford County Council meeting in response to councillors concerns over the unsightly levels of littering and dumping.
Remarking that littering is a ' serious problem' in the rural countryside, Cllr. Jim Moore wondered what sort of revenue is generated when people are caught in the act. ' I'm not sure the people caught realise how much they are charged,' he said.
Director of Services Eddie Taaffe explained that whenever the council take a prosecution they recoup the full cost.
' The detection rate (of littering) is very hard to increase as people are getting wise,' he explained, adding that the council are actively engaging with voluntary groups and also have an active environmental awareness officer.
'In communities where this is happening they must report it,' said Cllr. Pat Codd. 'It's a major challenge to the County Council and communities to challenge this,' he added.
Cllr. Keith Doyle said the council should embark on an advertising campaign - akin to the signage on roads highlighting the numbers of deaths that have occurred - and to name and shame people caught dumping.
'I propose some sort of measure for future meetings on those lines so the general public know we are doing something,' said the Fianna Fail councillor.
Commenting that it is a good idea, Chairman Oliver Walsh said there now needs to be a change in the mindset of people.
During the meeting the Templescoby area came in for criticism for dumping as did the Wexford to Dublin road, whcih was branded a ' disgrace' by Cllr. George Lawlor. 'Communities don't feel ownership of roads,' he said, before proposing the NRA be written to highlighting the issue.
'It is a long stretch and impossible to get clean,' replied County Manager Eddie Breen, however Cllr. Declan Macpartlin, remarking that ' scumbags' are throwing litter out of their cars, said the council should look into an 'Adopt a Road' scheme and maybe link it in with a Community Enterprise scheme.
County Manager Eddie Breen said the council have to rely on the public to report registration plates of cars caught littering or dumping.
' It is the only way to deal with it,' he said. 'People are getting more clever, they are not leaving identity traces'.
Commenting that many good ideas have been thrashed out, Chairman Oliver Walsh said the issue should now be taken up with the Special Policy Committee.