10 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Council has launched a summer initiative to clamp down on motorists who discard litter from their vehicles.

They are installing a number of CCTV cameras on roads throughout the county to combat an escalating problem – highlighted on page one of last week’s Northern Standard in a story which reported the shocked reaction by members of the Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District to the news that 400 bags of discarded rubbish were collected in a local authority clean-up operation on a relatively short stretch of the Castleblayney by-pass.
Motorists “caught on camera” face €150 fines – and Monaghan Co Council’s Environmental Awareness Officer Nial O’Connor has warned that a “zero tolerance” approach is being adopted by the local authority.

The Co Council’s Strategic Policy Committee or SPC on Environment and Transport has announced the CCTV initiative to target the large volumes of litter which it said is being “indiscriminately and thoughtlessly thrown by motorists” along the county’s roads network.
According to Mr O’Connor, “It is evident from the litter picks that the Co Council has done along the roadside that the vast majority of the litter is from motorists.

“Without doubt, the two most common items on the roads are disposable coffee cups and plastic drink bottles. I would estimate that there are millions and millions of these items on the roads nationally.

“We conducted this operation last year and it proved successful. This year we will have more cameras in more locations for a longer period of time.”
Monaghan Co Council was committed to ensuring that the county always looked its best, its Cathaoirleach, Councillor Noel Keelan, stated.
“This includes ensuring that there is no litter on the major roadways through our beautiful county. Those caught littering will be fined, and rightly so.

“Littering in this county ..

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