THE COUNCIL has been allocated €36,000 to tackle litter and graffiti problems – a considerable increase on last year’s €28,000.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced funding to address the growing problem of graffiti and litter across the country.
The 2017 Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS) provides funding to local authorities to conduct public awareness and education campaigns at a community level targeting litter, dog fouling and graffiti.
Welcoming the announcement, Local Independent TD and Minister Shane Ross, said:
“The allocation of €36,000 for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is a considerable increase on last year’s allocation of €28,000 which is great news for the area.
“I am confident that this injection of funding will have a tangible positive environmental impact on our local community”.
Following the news of the increase in funding, Minister Naughten said: “Littering is environmental sabotage but money cannot solve our litter problems on its own.
“It takes a behavioural change across the board and I am confident the awareness campaigns that will be funded at a community level under ALAGS will have a real impact”.
According to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, graffiti poses a significant problem throughout the area.
It says in the Litter Control and Cleansing section of its website: “DLRCC are responsible for removing graffiti from public property.
“Where graffiti is on private property and is visible from a public place, the Council will contact the owner of the private property requesting that the graffiti be removed.”
DLRCC also supply to local community groups/residents’ associations with graffiti-cleaning kits to assist with the removal of graffiti in affected areas.
The Council’s litter wardens carry out daily patrols throughout the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area.
Reports of dumping/littering are investigated by the wardens and an “on-the-spot” fine are issued where appropriate.
In cases where an on-the-spot remains unpaid, the Council will take legal action, which may result in a court prosecution.
Where the litter wardens deem a dumping incident to be particularly serious, direct prosecution may be issued by the Council.
It continues: “Under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997-2009, it is an offence to deposit any substance or object so as to create litter in a public place or in any place that is visible to any extent from a public place.
“Residents are obliged to keep the land in front of and adjacent to their premises free from litter – such as front and side gardens.”
To report graffiti or litter offenses in your area contact 2054817 or email [email protected]