CITY HALL issued six times as many litter fines in October as in September in a bid to crack down on illegal dumping and litter issues in the city.
Some 92 fines were handed out last month, up from 15 the previous month.
It is the highest number handed out all year, and represents a big increase on the previous high of 71 fines, issued in April.
A report from City Hall’s environment directorate said that the increase was down to having “additional staff carrying out litter warden duties”.
It is part of a wider strategy to eliminate dumping in city areas. An anti-dumping initiative has also been running in the city since the granting of some €50,000 in Government funding in April.
Work has been undertaken at Killala Gardens, Thomas Davis Street, and the Lee Road to eradicate long-term dumping issues. This involved a general clean-up at the dumping blackspots, as well as the installation of CCTV and signage to prevent further dumping.
Clean-ups were carried out in conjunction with the Probation Service and voluntary groups. Awareness and enforcement campaigns were also run at these locations.
A mattress amnesty during September also resulted in some 533 mattresses handed over for disposal, a move which has drastically reduced the number of discarded mattresses, according to officials.
Cork City Council also started recruiting new litter wardens this week. Of the complement of four wardens, two positions were filled, and one member of staff is on sick leave. Interviews started this week to fill the remaining vacancy.
City officials also confirmed that the development of a new litter strategy will be undertaken next year, once the extended city boundary is in place.
“The litter management section has also reviewed the situation in terms of producing a litter management plan and it is proposed that on completion of the boundary transition that work would commence on drafting a new litter management plan for consideration by members in 2019. It is intended that this plan would cover a three year period up to 2022,” a report by officials said.