Illegal Dumping

It is not uncommon these days to find country lanes,. ditches and fields full of rubbish, left through careless action (throwing the coffee cup, drinks can, burger box out of a car as you pass) or through deliberate intention (driving to a spot with a bag or bags of rubbish and leaving it in a ditch). Those responsible see no issue with this and only seem to get bothered when they are caught (as happened in Dublin where the council posted their photos on a wall (Irish Times). This led to an instant clean up of the locality but one can’t help feeling they will just move onto a new spot.

Longford recently had some publicized instances of such dumping – the first was next to one of the more famous tourist attractions in the County – Corlea Trackway. This week this attraction has been named one of the top ten attractions in the Midlands but a few days earlier the Leader reported on the illegal dumping that was an eyesore. This week it was our own turn with an article on illegal dumping near our town.

Is there an answer to this? Cameras might help but you can’t monitor every lane and highway in the country. Including the bin charges in the property tax might encourage people to put their rubbish in bins as they’d have to pay for this anyway. A scheme is being talked about that gets people on probation to work on community schemes was trialled in Dublin with some success. Maybe a combination of all three might help.

Maybe we could just not do it?


One Response

  1. John I totally agree with you there is a big problen with dumping in our town and on roads leading into the town. If everyone had respect for the town/county they wish to live in and call home they should be willing to take part in keeping it clean. Right now it is left to the few members like yourself and rest of the team to clean up other peoples mess. No doubt they would not treat their home as they treat the town and surrounding areas OR WOULD THEY???????? Perhaps trying to get to parents by going to the school again and asking the CHILDREN to worrk at keeping their town cleand through the CHILDEN getting back to parents might work , worth a try before schools ends for summer.

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