A TOTAL of 104 litter fines were issued by Kildare Co Council’s Community Warden team within the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District area in 2019, councillors have been told, and ten cases have been referred for court proceedings.
Approximately 850 litter patrols or investigations were carried out across Kildare last year, and the council hopes to increase that figure in 2020. It also provided support to community groups like Tidy Towns committees with 320 local litter clean ups in 2019.
Those figures were provided at the members’ January meeting, following a motion by Cllr Patricia Ryan. A report issued in response to her motion explained that litter management has been a demanding task for the council in recent years and, while the vast majority of Kildare people are committed to preventing and eradicating litter from our community, the problem persists.
“It is important to realise that litter remains a problem that requires a consistent, concentrated approach to address effectively. The co-operation of all community and business sectors is required,” it stated. “Regrettably, the council alone cannot eliminate the problem. In this regard, the council continues to actively engage with local groups through the County Kildare Tidy Towns Network, local community clean ups (including the annual National Spring Clean and ‘Lily White Clean Up’ Day) and Schools Green Flag Programme.”
According to KCC, the support of the public in reporting litter and illegal dumping incidents is important to their enforcement role, and people can freephone 1800 243 143. The council also issued a reminder that it’s illegal to give waste to unregistered collectors.
Littering in a public place is an offence that can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150 or a maximum fine of €4,000 in court. A person convicted of a litter offence may also be required to pay the local authority’s costs and expenses in investigating the offence and bringing the prosecution.