Less than half of Cork litter fines being paid

Less than half of Cork litter fines being paid
Dumping in Cork city. Just 40% of litter fines issues last year were paid. Pic; Larry Cummins

JUST 40% of city litter fines issued in the second half of 2018 were paid.

Across the city, 239 fines were issued in the last six months of 2018 - with 92 being paid. 33 were sent for prosecution with City Council winning 32 of these cases.

On the northside over the course of last year, the number of fines paid was much less - at just 16.5%.

In Farranree, Blackpool and Shandon Street areas collectively, 97 fines were issued in 2018. Just 16 were paid. 28 cases which were unpaid were deemed unfit for prosecution, with nine cases won by the local authority.

Councillor Kenneth Collins (SF) has called on the Council to get tougher on litter fine enforcement and pursue more cases through the courts.

“You can see from the figures that the litter warden is doing a good job and is active but the problem is the enforcement side of it needs to be heightened,” he said.

“City Council needs to enforce the fine the litter warden is giving out. Otherwise, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.

“The numbers being chased down are quite low. There’s a massive disparity in fines issued and fines paid.

“The person who litters must pay, otherwise, we are all paying for it. We need to get this sorted and go after the illegal dumpers.

“The problem here is that people don’t have bin collection services. The warden is issuing fines but there is nobody chasing up when they are not being paid. Cork gets negative press from the Irish Businesses Against Litter report twice a year.

“We should up the fines and double them each time somebody is caught dumping. A €150 is not enough,” he added.

New bylaws for the collection of household waste are due this year and will see householders quizzed by local authority officials on how they dispose of their waste. If the householder uses a civic amenity site, they will need to keep receipts for at least a year to prove this or face fines of up to €2,500.

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