€900,000 for Anti-litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Campaign

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan, TD, has announced €900,000 in grants to local authorities under the 2013 Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme.

This will which enable local authorities to provide support for a broad range of measures aimed at raising public awareness of the litter issue and promoting anti-litter and anti-graffiti activity at local level. 

Ongar Cleanup
Ongar Residents Spring Clean Campaign
There is a particular focus on voluntary initiatives involving schools, young people and community groups under the Scheme.

The Minister also took the opportunity to announce the publication of the 2012 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report. The System Report provides important statistical data about the extent, causes and composition of litter in Ireland.

Minister Hogan was keen to acknowledge the role being played by local authorities and communities in tackling Ireland’s litter problem.

The 2012 Report shows that the number of areas surveyed across the country deemed to be completely unpolluted stands at 10.4%, the highest level achieved since monitoring began.

Conversely, the number of areas surveyed deemed to be grossly polluted at 0.3% is at its lowest ever level, so clearly our efforts are paying dividends.

Cigarette related litter (52.7%), food related litter (19.1%), packaging litter (13.2%), and sweet related litter (7.3%) were identified as the main constituents of litter nationally.
The Minister urged everyone, particularly smokers, to take responsibility for their own litter and to make every effort to dispose of it correctly at all times.

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