Updated: 13/03/17 : 07:45:38
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Drones to tackle illegal Sligo dumpers

Sligo Councillors in the Ballymote/Tubbercurry/West Sligo District may have their wish to see CCTV cameras installed at flytipping blackspots to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping granted.

The councillors say that the problem is getting progressively worse especially along country and bog walks and is a concern for the health and safety of the general public.

Some councillors slammed the behaviour of those illegally dumping rubbish claiming people know who is doing it but won’t report them.

That could now change as the Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten will today announce a plan to use drones fitted with high tech cameras in a new crackdown on illegal dumping in rural and disadvantaged areas.

Fly-tipping and illegal dumping is getting significantly worse in many parts of the country, spurred by resistance to pay-by-weight rules favoured by waste companies.

Illegal dumping is now a major issue, and this year the Department of the Environment is expected to spend close to €10 million on enforcement action.

Community groups and State agencies will now get €650,000 to combat the issue, some of which will be used to pay for drones which will be able to catch aerial images of dumpers.

The new funding will also allow for other so-called “smart enforcement interventions”’ such as overt and covert CCTV, satellite imaging and enhanced communications technology.

“Through the use of smart technology I am confident the new initiative that I am introducing will prove effective in both deterring and catching illegal dumpers,” said Mr Naughten, who will launch the plan later today in Ballinasloe.