OFFICIALS from Cork County Council investigated almost as many fly-tipping complaints in the first half of 2017 as in the entirety of 2016.
Up to June, 1,017 fly-tipping cases were investigated, compared to 1,093 in the entirety of 2016.
“Fly-tipping investigations are considerably up,” said Louis Duffy, director of services at county council's environment directorate.
“We've almost reached the first six months of the year and we've investigated almost as many complaints as we did in 2016 as a whole. However, the number of clean-up jobs are just following the trend for the year,” he added.
In quarter one and two of 2017, 179 litter fines were issued across the county with 108 being paid, while 14 cases have been sent for prosecution.
The Ballincollig-Carrigaline municipal district accounted for the majority of litter fines with 93 recorded in the area over the course of the first six months of the year.
“We're happily in the situation that litter wardens are at the full complement and we have full staffing now we're active on the ground,” said Mr Duffy.
“There still quite a lot of complaints across the litter and waste area. There is a lot of publicity but the message is just not getting out there. People are continuing to dump, whether they be small items or larger items, so we still have a problem across the county,” Mr Duffy added.