Crackdown on illegal dumpers by Wicklow County Council

The Waste Enforcement Section of Wicklow County Council brought 37 cases against illegal dumpers last year.

This resulted in offenders paying €25,420 in fines and legal costs.  In addition, over 260 litter fines (€150 each) fines were also issued.

And this year the Council is increasing its efforts to successfully prosecute people who litter and illegally dump waste.

There will be additional CCTV placed in both urban and rural areas prone to dumping and along roadways to catch offenders dumping from cars. A drone has also been purchased and will be used to monitor waste sites.

 Wicklow County Council has five Environmental Enforcement officers as well as several Litter Wardens who patrol roadways, streets and the countryside to enforce both the Litter Pollution and the Waste Management Acts.

All evidence is followed up to the fullest extent to identify and prosecute offenders.

The public are reminded that it is an offence to hand over their waste to any individual who does not possess a valid Waste Collection Permit.   Many of the people who advertise waste collection services on social media etc do not have a valid waste collection permit.

If in doubt contact the Waste Management Office on the number below.   The public should be aware that they will be prosecuted if their waste is found illegally dumped.

The message from the Council is: Beware of the man with the van offering a deal too good to be true!

Members of the public are being asked to:  Report illegal dumping via the 24 hour lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121 or [email protected].

The following summarises the court cases taken in 2017:

Date Costs/Fine Details
16.01.17 €700.00 10 Bags of waste dumped on Stable Lane, Bray.  A search of the waste produced evidence.  A case was prepared for court.   The case was settled outside of Court on foot of payment of fine in the sum of €700.00
20.02.17 €857.99 Illegal dumping of household waste at Kilmurray Graveyard, Newtownmountkennedy.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
15.03.17 €607.06 Litter dumped on Lower Main Street, Arklow.  Evidence retrieved and Litter Fine issued.  Litter Fine was not paid and case was brought to court.
04.05.17 €500.00 Illegal sign erected.  Litter Fine issued, not paid.  Case brought to court and settled outside of court.
15.05.17 €929.00 2 incidents of illegal dumping of 11 large black bags of waste dumped at Stable Lane, Bray. Evidence was retrieved and a case was brought to court.
18.05.17 €604.00 Litter dumped at People’s Park, Lower Dargle Road, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and Litter Fine issued.  Litter Fine not paid and case was brought to court.
18.05.17 €300.00 3 large bags of waste dumped on Stable Lane, Bray.  A search of the waste produced evidence.  A case was prepared for court.   The case was settled outside of Court on foot of payment of fine in the sum of €300.00
01.06.17 €500.00 Illegal dumping of waste at Liscolman, Tullow, Co. Wicklow.  CCTV evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
01.06.17 €2,557.99 Illegal dumping of waste at Liscolman, Tullow, Co. Wicklow.  CCTV evidence retrieved and case brought to court.  No appearance of offender.
16.06.17 €250.00 Illegal sign erected.  Litter Fine issued, not paid.  Case brought to court and settled outside of court.
19.06.17 €498.00 9 bags of household waste dumped at Eglington Road, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
19.06.17 €650.00 Collection of Waste without a valid Waste Collection Permit.  Case settled out of court.  Fined 650.00 and signed undertaking not to collect in Co. Wicklow without a valid WCP
19.06.17 €494.82 2 incidents of illegal dumping of 14 large black bags of waste dumped at Florence Road Car Park, Bray.  Evidence was retrieved and a case was brought to court.
19.06.17 €1,007.99 70 to 80 bags of general domestic waste dumped at Sallygap, Co. Wicklow.   Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
19.06.17 €866.00 Illegal dumping of waste at Stable Lane, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
17.07.17 €400.00 12 Bags of waste dumped Eglington Road, Bray.  A search of the waste produced evidence.  A case was prepared for court.   The case was settled outside of Court on foot of payment of fine in the sum of €400.00
17.07.17 €716.00 2 Incidents of Illegal dumping of waste at Quinsboro Road and Sidmonton Road, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
31.07.17 €350.00 Skip bag dumped on the roadside at Kilmullen Lane, Killadreenan, Newtownmountkennedy.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
25.09.17 €400.00 Illegal burning in Kilcoole.  A case was prepared and settled out of court.
07.09.17 €450.00 Major illegal dumping of a large volume of waste at Charlesland, Greystones.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
07.09.17 €450.00 Major illegal dumping of a large volume of waste at Charlesland, Greystones.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
07.09.17 €1,350.00 Major illegal dumping of a large volume of waste at Charlesland, Greystones.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
07.09.17 €450.00 Major illegal dumping of a large volume of waste at Charlesland, Greystones.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
14.09.17 €604.00 Skip bag full of waste and other waste dumped around the entrance to a forest at Moneystown Hill, Moneystown.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
18.09.17 €604.00 70 bags of general domestic waste including furniture dumped on O’Byrne Road, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
19.09.17 €800.00 Illegal sign erected.  Litter Fine issue and not paid.  Case brought to court.
28.09.17 €200.00 Illegal dumping of 8 bags of general domestic waste and fire ash at Richmond Hill, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
05.10.17 €830.00 Major illegal dumping of a large volume of waste at Charlesland, Greystones.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
09.10.17 €583.00 Illegal dumping of 6 bags of general domestic waste beside a public bin on Eglington Road, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and case brought to court.
12.10.17 €605.00 2 Mattresses dumped outside closed recycling centre in Bray.  Evidence retrieved on CCTV.  Case brought to court.
12.10.17 €700.00 6 bags of waste left at the side of a wall at Willow Grove Foods, Kilcoole.  Evidence retrieved.  Case brought to court.
12.10.17 1,507.99 9 bags of waste dumped at Florence Road Car Park, Bray.  Evidence retrieved and case prepared for Court.
23.10.17 349.00 Illegal dumping of waste at Aurora, Glencre.  Evidence was retrieved and a case was brought to court.
09.11.17 516.10 Individual handed over waste and illegally dumped.  Case brought to court.  Fines imposed and also €500.00 to be paid to Court poor box
23.11.17 1,066.00 Major illegal dumping case of 120 tonnes of waste illegally dumped in Charlesland, Greystones.  Settled outside court.
€716.00 in legal & admin costs paid to WCC.  €350.00 paid to court poor box.
27.11.17 666.10 Major illegal dumping case of 120 tonnes of waste illegally dumped in Charlesland, Greystones.
27.11.17 500.00 Illegal burning of 4 bags of household waste at Monastery Grove, Enniskerry – search of remains of a bonfire produced evidence.  Case settled outside of Court.

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