IT’S ‘WAR’ AND FINES OF €150 FOR CARELESS DUMPING AT 'BLAYNEY BRING BANKS

25 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A STERN public warning was delivered at a meeting of Castleblayney Town Council Joint Policing Committee in the Glencarn Hotel on Monday night last, that people who bring cardboard containers with litter or household waste in bags and dump them beside Bring Banks, which are provided exclusively for clothing and glass, are now being monitored on a CCTV system, and offenders face minimal on-the-spot fines of €150.
Nial O’Connor, an Environmental Awareness Officer for Monaghan County Council, also indicated, during a presentation to the Blayney meeting, that failure to pay on-the-spot fines, within 21 days, could lead to prosecution and a maximum fine of €3,000.
The Committee was told the need for tough action followed the unacceptable behaviour of some people who drive to the local authority Bring /Banks and dump all kinds of litter beside the bins.
Already a number of persons and vehicles were identified through cameras set up specifically to make detections in the “war” against the indiscriminate waste dumping louts, the meeting was told.
Mr. O’Connor was introduced by the Town Clerk Jerome Savage and welcomed on behalf of the Committee by the Chairman Cllr. David Funcheon.
In his presentation Mr. O’Connor said the Litter Pollution Act 1997 was the main piece of legislation under which the anti-litter crackdown is undertaken.
Under the Act landowners are responsible for keeping their lands free of litter and businesses are required to keep footpaths in front of their premises also litter-free.
He said that people who failed to remove …

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