A system of naming and shaming is the only way to eradicate the issue of littering in our society, local Sinn Féin Councillor Henry Cremin has said.
Mr Cremin said that while the figures show that fines are up based on this time last year, the issue would remain prevalent and ongoing if preventative measures were not taken.
“We need to put a stop to it. The amount of work people put into stopping littering, it does my head in. We are wasting our time unless we start naming and shaming.”
Mr Cremin said he thought that if a convicted person caught for dumping or littering appeared in the newspapers and on social media the entire suburb would think twice about littering again.
“I think it is the only way to go. There were seven successfully prosecuted cases this month and no one knows who went to court. Those seven cases did not appear anywhere. If people knew it would make others think twice,” Mr Cremin said, “That would be the lesson learned.”
Mr Cremin said it needs to happen as a preventative measure, but the councillor also said that CCTV in more area would help catch people in the act.
“Ask anyone in any area of the city and they will be able to tell you where the black spots are. It is a city-wide issue and we need to find out who is doing it.”
The councillor also called for more covert operations from Gardaí to target dumping.
According to the figures, 92 litter fines were issued in October a whopping six times more than were issued in September and 18 more than was collected during the entire summer.
In May, June and July just 74 litter fines were issued.
City officials at the local authority have confirmed that the development of a new litter strategy will be undertaken next year, once the extended city boundary is in place.
A new litter management plan is to be drafted on the completion of the boundary transition and this plan is intended to cover a three year period up to 2022.