DUMPING in Fermoy has become a lot harder since CCTV cameras were installed at key points as part of a nationwide Anti-Dumping Initiative, with the fear of fines having an immediate impact.
Paul Kavanagh, project manager for Fermoy Tidy Towns, described the improvement since cameras were installed as ‘absolutely amazing’.
“Since those cameras went in the word is out,” he told the Evening Echo.
“It is working and the Council are on the ball about following up and checking cameras.”
In 2017 and 2018, Cork County Council installed cameras at a number of locations, including Fermoy, to identify people littering. They have a particular focus on sites where the public can leave items for recycling.
“The bring site, where the bottles and the cans and clothing are brought, is at the rear of the Council library area and that was a secluded area,” Mr Kavanagh explained.
“People were coming with their bottles and leaving the box, coming with clothes but leaving other stuff.”
The Council could not provide exact numbers of fines issued and paid but Mr Kavanagh understands that several dozen have been issued in 2018 alone and praised the work being done.
“The gardaí operate the cameras and work in conjunction with the Council offices,” he said.
He said the priority now should be making sure all fines are paid: “The next thing that has to happen is the council need to follow up on those who don’t pay, a lot don’t pay and the thing gets lost.
“At the weekend someone left a box from a 58-inch, brand new, HD TV [at the bring site] so we felt if they can afford that kind of a tv, they can certainly afford to pay the fine.”
In the last two years, more than €110,000 was spent in Cork county on anti-dumping initiatives, and just under €80,000 spent in the city. The initiative is being funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.