€2m for Anti-Litter Scheme

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (13 April 2012) announced the provision of €2,150,000 in grants to local authorities, €900,000 under the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme, for public education and awareness initiatives in relation to both litter and graffiti, €750,000 for a new Litter Enforcement Scheme, and a further €500,000 under the Tourist Season Anti-Litter Grant Scheme (details attached). 

Fingal County Council will receive €35,000 under the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme and €20,000 under the Tourist Season Anti-Litter Grant Scheme.

“These supports will help local authorities tackle the problem of litter through awareness raising, enforcement and the maintenance of key tourist areas,” commented the Minister.

The grants to city and county councils under the Awareness Scheme cover a broad range of measures to raise public awareness and promote anti-litter and anti-graffiti activity at local level. There is a particular focus on involving schools, young people and voluntary initiatives by community groups. 

The new Litter Enforcement Scheme is intended to support the enforcement activities of local authorities through such measures as the deployment of mobile CCTV equipment to catch fly tippers and illegal dumpers.
The €500,000 provided under the Tourist Season Scheme is intended to encourage local authorities to strive to ensure that key tourist attractions are well presented during the peak summer season. 

In announcing the provision for 2012, Minister Hogan acknowledged the role being played by local authorities in tackling Ireland’s litter problem.   “Local authorities continue to contribute greatly to the ongoing decrease in litter pollution across the country, working together with the communities they serve.  I want to assist councils in bringing those who undermine this excellent work to account.” 

He encouraged local authorities to continue to work with community groups to tackle the litter and graffiti problems in their area: “The appearance of our towns, cities and countryside is crucial to both social and economic activity, and contributes significantly to the creation of jobs,” concluded the Minister.

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