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Watters welcomes council’s response on raising awareness of unlicensed waste collectors

Watters welcomes council’s response on raising awareness of unlicensed waste collectors
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Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed the response from Louth County Council to his recent motion on the issue of unlicensed waste collectors at the September meeting.

Cllr Watters had expressed his fears that the use of unlicensed waste collectors was contributing to the rise in illegal dumping in the north of the county and asked the local authority to make the public aware of the downsides to using unlicensed operators, something they are now set to look into.

Cllr Watters said: “Following the increase in illegal dumping in the north of the County, I put forward a motion asking that Louth Council initiate a county wide awareness campaign to highlight the issue but more importantly to ensure the public are aware of their own responsibilities and the danger to themselves if they use unlicensed waste collectors.

“For example, if I pay ‘a man with a van’ to take away a mattress and maybe a settee or some other items and he dumps them at a beauty spot in the Cooley mountains, I am responsible because those items are mine and I did not use someone who holds a waste collection permit. I am responsible and can face fines even though I employed someone in good faith to take away my rubbish.

“I don’t believe that the public in general are aware this is the law so I have asked for an awareness campaign similar to the one implemented by Meath County Council. I welcome the positive response which stated “The Council’s Environmental Awareness section will liaise with colleagues in Meath County Council to ascertain the effectiveness of their billboard campaign and seek to replicate same if this has proven to have been a successful initiative.

In the meantime, Cllr Watters asked that citizens “use only those waste collectors that hold the appropriate permits and that way you will know exactly where your rubbish is going to end up. Remember, your rubbish, your responsibility.”