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Illegal Dumping

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (92)

Neale Richmond

Question:

92. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if local authorities will receive support in 2021 and 2022 to help fund anti-dumping initiatives particularly regarding the Dublin mountains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61262/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Anti-Dumping Initiative (ADI) was introduced in 2017 to encourage a collaborative approach between local authorities, communities, and other State Agencies to tackling the problem of illegal dumping. Funding of over €9 million has been provided by my Department under the Initiative, which has supported the delivery of over 1,000 projects nationwide. Details of funding, broken down by local authority and individual project, for each of the years 2017-2020 are available on the gov.ie website at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/e27ac-anti-dumping-initiative/

€3m has been allocated to local authorities under the 2021 ADI. Payments to each local authority are currently being finalised and details will be made available on the gov.ie website when complete. Allocations for 2022 have yet to be finalised, but it is likely that a similar amount will be made available in 2022.

As regards the Dublin mountains, my Department continue to provide support to the Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments (PURE) project, which was established in 2006 to combat illegal dumping and fly-tipping in the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands. PURE is a partnership project incorporating statutory and non-statutory organisations, including Wicklow, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils, Coillte, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Wicklow Uplands Council..

€115,000 has been allocated in support of the PURE Project in 2021 and my Department has committed to maintaining this figure for at least a further two years to end 2023. My Department has also separately approved an allocation of up to €150,000 in 2021 to enable the purchase of a PURE Project truck. This purchase will help to provide greater certainty for the operational work of the Project in the coming years.

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