Fianna Fáil Cllr. John Keogh says it’s time to hit illegal dumpers with heavy fines after pictures emerged of household and other waste at Carrickynaughten bog near Clonown in Co. Roscommon.
Household waste such as a fridge, television, light bulbs and garden waste are clearly visible in pictures sent to the Roscommon People.
Cllr. Keogh said illegal dumping was on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Unfortunately, dumping would appear to be on the increase during the pandemic with fewer volunteers available and with council staff required to adhere to NPHET advice.
“There really is no excuse for dumping, however, be it normal household waste or larger waste items. We need to look at waste collection generally because the current policy nationally is not working in addressing the issue.
“Our bogs are critical in promoting biodiversity, which should be a foundation block for how our country moves forward as a society. It is not sustainable to treat our natural habitat in the manner in which some people consider is appropriate. Illegal dumping of this kind or any kind needs to stop, with heavy fines imposed (on offenders).
“We should also look to recruit more staff to carry out inspections, seeking receipts and other evidence to show how waste is disposed of,” he said.