Nearly €20,000 has been allocated for two projects in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping.

Dublin Rathdown based Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond said it is a huge problem in the area and he is glad to see action being taken.

“Illegal dumping is a blight on our communities. It demonstrates a complete lack of respect for other people and for the environment.

“I had been contacted by residents in these areas and I am delighted that this has borne results.

“Fine Gael’s priority is to build on the progress we have made in protecting our natural environment so that we can safeguard it for future generations.”

He added technology will be used to combat the issue.

“Covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites, as well as the installation of CCTV cameras will form a central part of this crackdown.

“We will see better enforcement of anti-dumping measures and stronger prosecutions being made.

An anti-dumping initiative for Dunedin Park and Rathmichael/Ballycorus Clean-up and a Campaign to Target the Waste Collectors are the projects that will be funded in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.

Senator Richmond said the response to last year’s anti-dumping initiative from the public and local authorities was “unprecedented”.

Senator Richmond added that 230 black spots across the country were cleaned up and measures put in place to protect against a return of illegal dumping in these areas.

“I am acutely conscious of the threat that illegal dumping poses to the preservation and protection of our magnificent landscapes, parks, and our clean waterways.

“I am happy to confirm that Government will continue to step up the fight back against these litter louts and support these community groups.”

A council spokesperson told Dublin Gazette they welcome the news of extra funding.

“Illegal dumping is a blight on our streets and countryside. We are committed to working with the Department, the EPA, community groups and the public to try to stamp out this activity.

“The council urges the public to ensure that they only use authorised waste collectors as handing over waste to an unauthorised collector is illegal and anyone doing so can be fined up to €5,000.

“We are delighted that additional funding will help tackle those responsible.

“If you wish to report any suspected incident of illegal waste collection Phone 01 204 7954 or email wasteenforcement@dlrcoco.ie”