Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (406)

Noel Grealish

Ceist:

406. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount allocated to each local authority in each of the years 2017 to 2019 under the enforcement measures grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38264/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

My Department has introduced a number of measures to target illegal dumping and to strengthen efforts to improve waste enforcement generally. These include:

- The provision of an annual waste enforcement grant of €7.4 million to support the recruitment and retention of 150 local authority waste enforcement personnel across the country;

- The establishment of Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities (WERLAs) to support and co-ordinate local authority action;

- The establishment of a National Waste Enforcement Steering Committee, which facilitates the deployment of co-ordinated multi agency responses to illegal waste activity across the regions.

In addition, my Department launched the National Anti-Dumping Initiative in 2017, to encourage local authorities, in partnership with community organisations, to identify high risk or problem areas, conduct necessary clean-up operations and develop appropriate enforcement responses to incidences of illegal dumping. In March of this year, I announced funding of €3 million for the 2019 Anti-Dumping Initiative, an increase of 50% on 2018. This funding will support some 280 projects nationwide. Full details of this year’s allocations and the projects funded by this initiative in 2017 and 2018 can be accessed on my Department’s website at the following link:

https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/waste/enforcement/anti-dumping-initiative/Pages/AntiDumpingInitiative.aspx

The allocations made to each local authority under the Local Authority Enforcement Measures Scheme are detailed in the following table. It should be noted that these allocations are currently being reviewed in conjunction with the Local Government Management Agency to ensure that resources continue to be placed where they are needed most.

Local Authority

Allocation €

Local Authority Enforcement Measures Scheme

Carlow County Council

165,000

Cavan County Council

278,000

Clare County Council

403,000

Cork City Council

180,700

Cork County Council

455,000

Dublin City Council

982,000

Donegal County Council

202,000

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

480,000

Fingal County Council

220,000

Galway County Council

72,000

Galway City Council

50,000

Kerry County Council

68,000

Kildare County Council

121,000

Kilkenny County Council

153,000

Laois County Council

164,000

Leitrim County Council

74,000

Limerick City & County Council

377,000

Longford County Council

200,000

Louth County Council

130,000

Mayo County Council

156,000

Meath County Council

259,000

Monaghan County Council

219,000

Offaly County Council

295,000

Roscommon County Council

136,373

Sligo County Council

176,000

South Dublin County Council

130,000

Tipperary County Council

211,000

Waterford County Council

303,000

Westmeath County Council

175,000

Wexford County Council

236,885

Wicklow County Council

360,000

Total Enforcement Grant:

7,431,958