Huge increase in illegal dumping across Waterford during Covid-19 emergency
There has been a huge spike in incidents of illegal dumping around Waterford city and county during the Coronavirus crisis, Waterford City and County Council confirmed today.
The local authority has recorded a 20% increase in reports of illegal dumping compared to the same time last year.
The council’s environmental enforcement team has been shocked by some of the waste being discarded and dumped on Waterford’s boreens, streets, and road since the Covid-19 crisis began.
A council spokesperson told WaterfordNow.ie: “We are seeing lots of disposable gloves and masks being discarded on the streets instead of being placed in litter bins.
“It seems odd that people would go to the effort of using this personal protective equipment (PPE) to stop the virus and then throw them away in the manner they do.
“Aside from the PPE, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of illegal dumping around the city and county. There has been a large increase in the number of complaints received, as much as 20% over the same period last year.
The council said its Environmental Enforcement Team are following up all of the reports they recieve. They added anyone caught dumping illegally will be fined or prosecuted.
“Normal waste services are still being provided around the city and county and the council’s bring banks and civic amenity sites are operating as normal. It is hard to understand people’s need to be dumping illegally at this current time,” the spokesperson added.