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25/09/2021

EXCLUSIVE: Over 2,000 complaints in Carlow for illegal dumping since 2016 with 52 prosecutions

Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request have revealed

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A traffic cone and three bags of rubbish were among the items picked up from the Burrin River recently

There have been 2,098 complaints in Carlow for illegal dumping since 2016 with 52 prosecutions, Carlow Live can exclusively reveal. 

Figures obtained from Carlow County Council through a Freedom of Information request showed that there were 1,039 littering complaints in 2016.

However this had reduced to 475 last year and 361 to date in 2018. 

Meanwhile, there were 39 waste complaints in 2016 and 106 in 2017 but just 78 to date this year.

Littering made up the majority of complaints last year but there were also 17 noise pollution complaints, 40 air/odour pollution complaints and 34 water/wastewater pollution complaints. 

There were 161 fines issued last year and this compares with 118 in 2016 and 55 to date this year. 

Prosecutions breakdown as follows: 2016 (21); 2017 (25) and in 2018 (6). 

Carlow County Council stated that "with over 2,000 complaints received in the period stated the types of dumping involved was of a wide nature and consisted of all waste types". 

Read also: Trolley Crisis: Spate of illegal dumping in River Burrin continues as Tesco respond to furore

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