It’s time that Mayo County Council ensures that anyone who is not disposing of their rubbish properly is prosecuted and made responsible for the damage they are causing to the local environment and particularly to the local farming community.
That’s the view of Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray.
The councillor raised his concerns at the number of households, who are opting not to pay for the pick-up and disposal of their waste, and are not bringing the waste directly to the landfill sites themselves, due to the general increase in the cost of living.
He was speaking at a recent meeting of the local authority’s Special Policy Committee on the Environment.
He says the farming community is paying a high price for the indiscriminate disposal of rubbish in the countryside, with farm animals often directly impacted by swallowing plastic or other hazardous waste.
He argues that there are bye-laws and regulations in place, where enforcement officers from Mayo County Council can call to anyone’s door and ask the householder to provide proof of how they are disposing of waste. However, he says, more of these random inspections are needed to curb the rising scourge of indiscriminate dumping along roads and fields.
Cllr Murray has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley…