Calls have been made for perpetrators of illegal dumping in the county to be given community service, cleaning up areas, after a serious incident was discovered in the Kilcormac area recently.
Offaly TD, Carol Nolan raised the issue recently, following what could only be described as a serious incident in the Kilcormac area. The matter was subsequently reported to Offaly County Council and cleaned up by the local authority.
However, Deputy Nolan voiced serious concerns about this ongoing issue in the county, believing in fact that “things were getting worse”.
“There's no excuse for this disgusting behaviour. Dumping along our road sides and on farm and bogland needs to be punished with much heftier fines. Fines should be at least trebled along with compelling the perpetrators involved to do a good long stint of community service in order get a taste and perhaps an appreciation of the hard work that many volunteer groups like Tidy Towns committees around county Offaly do day in and day out.”
The Offaly TD also voiced annoyance at the way in which the resources of the local authority were being wasted by having to attend at these incidents and clean up after illegal dumping. “It's unfair to be using council resources. It's putting pressure on the local authority to have to clean up this rubbish time and time again. It shouldn't be the case. They are using resources to come out and clean up, removing bags that somebody else has intentionally left on the side of the road or on farm land.”
According to Deputy Nolan, the only way to “get a grip” with this problem was to enforce heftier fines and the use of community service for those caught dumping rubbish illegally.
“A few weeks of clean up for those found to be dumping illegally would do it. Volunteers give of their time to be part of the tidy towns committees and then see this on a regular basis. It's not good enough,” she concluded.