The problem of illegal/ indiscriminate dumping across county Mayo continues and while CCTV camera footage and general clean-ups by communities is helping to reduce the practice, it’s far from solved, according to a Westport councillor.

Anti- dumping initiatives have discovered substances such as asbestos in sand dunes in the North Mayo area, and that has councillors, and others sitting up, quite shocked in their chairs, according to Cllr Peter Flynn.

The findings were presented at a recent Environmental Special Policy Committee (SPC) meeting of Mayo County Council.

Laws around the operation and use of CCTV in detecting and prosecuting polluters are set to be changed, so that Mayo County Council, like local authorities nationally, will be able to assess CCTV and licence plate recognition, if they believe someone is dumping illegally.

Councillor Flynn says that development will be welcome, but says he is disappointed about the level of dumping that continues in county Mayo.

He has been speaking to Midwest Radio's Alannah Nolan about the county clean-up initiative …. 

 

 

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