Wicklow County Council’s continued war on waste resulted in several successful prosecutions of waste offenders in the Courts.
Fines, clean-up costs and legal fees added up to significant penalties for those caught. In 2019/20 c80 cases were taken to court. The total figure imposed was over €58,000. Also, nearly 1,000 litter fines were issued in the same period.
Highlighted cases include a covert operation carried out by the Council’s Enforcement Officers in collaboration with An Garda Siochana where an individual with no Waste Collection Permit was caught red-handed and faces imprisonment if they do not pay the fine imposed by the Court, and a Bottle Bank Dumping case, resulting in court fines of €9,500
Evidence retrieved from illegal dumping in Blessington, Arklow, Aughrim, Ashford and Glencree led to successful prosecutions also with significant fines being imposed.
Illegal burning of waste proved costly for one offender – legal proceedings resulted in a court fine of €1,150.
A landowner in Shillelagh paid the price for illegal storage of waste, including scrap metal and household appliances. Court fines of €9,000 were handed down in this case.
In commending the work of the Waste Enforcement Team, the Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Frank Curran, advised that “Wicklow County Council is sending out a clear message to illegal waste collectors and indiscriminate dumpers – neither the public nor the Council will accept the blight on its countryside by irresponsible individuals and will take swift action to combat same.”