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17 May 2022

Waterford Council secures conviction against waste collector for illegal dumping

Waterford Council secures conviction against waste collector for illegal dumping

Waterford Council secures conviction against waste collector for illegal dumping (Image: Getty Images)

Waterford City and County Council has secured a prosecution against an unauthorized waste collector for the 2019 illegal collection and subsequent dumping of waste from a cliff near Annestown, Co Waterford.

The dumping was first reported in July 2019 and occurred as part of the UNESCO Copper Coast Geopark in an area with a Special Protection designation for birds.

The clean-up operation was carried out by a specialist 'working at heights' team and safely removed 3.2 tonnes of waste from the clifftop.

In sentencing Judge Staunton described illegal dumping as a 'scourge' and highlighted the efforts locals undertake to promote tourism, mentioning that dumping like this in a beauty spot undermines that public effort.

The waste collector was sentenced to 6 months in jail, in addition to a €200 fine and €6,100 in costs.

Waterford City and County Council’s Senior Executive Engineer, Niall Kane said this case highlights the importance of public checking to make sure a collector has a waste collection permit.  

"Legitimate waste collectors must carry a copy of their waste collection permit and have their permit number on their vehicle.  Collectors can be checked on NWCPO.ie to see if they have a permit. Remember it is an offence to give your waste to an unauthorised waste collector." he added. 

Clean-Up Operation at Annestown, County Waterford. 

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