FIVE people have been convicted of illegal dumping in Laois in the first nine months of this year.
In the same period, the council initiated 15 other court proceedings for illegal dumping. It also issued 116 litter fines and a further 47 notices in relation to abandoned cars, two of which have since been removed. The council has also begun to target illegal dumping in and around housing estates.
In a report to the recent Joint Policing Committee meeting, the council also said that 500 letters have been sent to householders and businesses about their responsibilities under waste management By-laws regarding the storage, presentation and segregation of household and commercial waste.
The report also pointed out that the recent mattress amnesty, which included couches and armchairs, proved to be a huge success. Thirty-five articulated lorries had to be used to remove 2,403 mattresses, 1,150 couches and 1,325 armchairs from designated drop-off areas in Portlaoise, Ballylinan and Rathdowney.
Under European regulations regarding household waste, the council said that people living in Abbeyleix, Ballylinan, Ballyroan, Borris-in-Ossory, Clonaslee, Durrow, Graiguecullen, Killenard, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portlaoise, Portarlington, Rathdowney and Stradbally who use the services of a licensed waste collector must be provided with a brown bin and a collection service by the operator.
This brown bin is for separated household food waste and bio-waste. The council is currently meeting waste collection companies servicing these towns and villages to progress the supply of brown bins to customers.
The council estimates that only 60% of households that use licensed bin collectors have a brown bin.