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Cigarette butts continue to be “Ireland’s biggest litter scourge” and account for almost half of Ireland’s discarded waste, new research has found.
Data from 2021, which measures public habits, released by the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System, also shows that the area unaffected by littering has shrunk.
Areas classified as unpolluted and only slightly polluted decreased by 0.5 percent between 2020 and 2021. While this suggests a “slight overall increase in national litter pollution”, according to the Department of the Environment, the figures also show that “heavily polluted areas” have decreased. in the same period by 0.2 percent.
When it comes to daily littering, the survey shows that cigarette-related waste makes up the vast majority of waste at over 48 percent, followed by packaging (20 percent). Pedestrians (41 percent) and motorists (22 percent) are the overwhelming majority to blame.
Meanwhile, CCTV cameras are to be installed in north Dublin to tackle illegal dumping after 80 tonnes of rubbish and bulky household waste were removed from one site.
On Friday, Fingal County Council said the materials were removed from Dunsink Lane, near Finglas, north-west Dublin, in a joint operation involving Garda support.
This is half the amount of dumped material removed from the site in December 2020.
“Increased patrols and checkpoints have been put in place by waste enforcement officers and local community gardaí to monitor activity on the ground to prevent further dumping,” the council said.
In line with recent environmental legislation, surveillance cameras are also to be installed.
Illegal dumping can be prosecuted in the District Court under the Waste Management Act with fines of up to €5,000 and 12-month prison sentences.
The local authority reminded the public that the so-called “man in a van” waste collection often operates without licenses and disposes of waste illegally.