SEVERE PENALTIES URGED AS NEW STRATEGY ATTEMPTS TO ERADICATE MONAGHAN’S SERIOUS LITTER BLIGHT

20 May 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Severe penalties for those responsible for incidents such as the recent dumping of dead animal carcases in the scenic Sliabh Beagh area of North Monaghan were urged by the members of the Monaghan Municipal District on Monday as they were presented with details of a new strategy being evolved at local authority level to deal with littering problems across Co Monaghan that were costing in excess of €1 million per year to address.

The draft Litter Management Plan for 2021-2023 was presented to the meeting by Sharon Finnegan of Monaghan Co Council’s Environment Section, who said that €1,017,755 was spent in 2020 on litter-related activities by the local authority, including street sweeping, materials, skip hire, maintenance, litter wardens, awareness and education. Ms Finnegan said the spend for street cleaning and scavenging alone was €758,000. She informed the meeting that 200 litter fines were issued by the local authority in 2020 …

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