Here at The BIGbin Company we are extremely environmentally friendly. We recycle over 50% of the waste that we collect from our waste compactors. We strongly encourage our customers to reuse and recycle as many items as they can, after all our company’s ethos is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
We understand that many of you do all that you can to keep your community looking clean and tidy. However there are still the small few living in your community and surrounding towns and cities that continue to exploit our beautiful, scenic country and throw their litter left, right and centre. There are bins placed by local authorities in all towns and cities in Ireland so they are no excuses, next time you think it’s ok to drop your chewing gum or ice-cream wrapping on the floor don’t do it! There are many penalties and fines in place to ensure you are punished for your crime, remember that littering is an offence! You can report litter bugs to your local authority, the Gardaí or the Environmental Protection Agency.
‘Litter’ in Ireland under the legislation is defined quite widely and refers to anything from a piece of paper or cigarette butt to anything that is small or large, that is or is likely to become unsightly. The Local Authority in your area is responsible for implementing litter laws. This means your Local Authority is responsible for the prevention and control of litter and they have the power to take enforcement action against people who break or ignore these laws. Your local authority is also responsible for keeping public places that they control, including public roads clean and litter free. This includes the arrangement of cleansing programmes and the provision and emptying of litter bins. Gardaí also have the power to issue on the spot fines for littering.
Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence that can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150 or a maximum fine of €3,000 if you are convicted of a litter offence in the District Court. Where an offence continues after conviction, the person concerned is guilty of a further offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding €600 a day for each day during which the contravention continues. The Protection of the Environment Act 2003 introduced conviction on indictment and carries a maximum fine not exceeding €130,000 and a fine not exceeding €10,000 per day for continuing offences.
Next time you spot somebody in your area or another community littering be sure to report them. It’s your home town and environment they are harming so do not hesitate to pick up the phone! You can report cases littering and illegal dumping to a 24- hour lo-call number on 1850 365 121. You can also notify the Gardaí in your local are or your Local Authority of littering that you witnessed.
If you are interested in finding out about the litter policies that are in place in your area contact your local authority. They can inform you about your duties and obligations, maximum fines and penalties.
Here is where you can contact your Local Authority to find out information about littering or to report a case of littering you have witnessed: