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Thurles WEEE Collection Saturday May 28th 2011

WEEE is anything with a plug normally attached and WEEE Ireland will be making collections from 10.00a.m until 4.00pm, on Saturday 28th of May 2011 from the following Venues:- Town Car Park, Main Square, Templemore and the Mid-Tipperary Mart Yard, Stradavoher, herein Thurles Town.

So here is your chance to bring along your old appliances for recycling. Remember this is a completely FREE service, eliminating the temptation to dump illegally.

Illegal Dumping In Tipperary

Joe MacGrath, County Manager, North Tipperary County Council.

Speaking of illegal dumping, North Tipperary County Council are introducing hidden CCTV cameras at illegal dumping sites, so those of you who demonstrate a total disregard for our beautiful rural countryside and its inhabitants,”Watch your backs“.

In 2011 an already agreed and welcome zero tolerance approach will continue to be taken to illegal dumping. With the purchase of CCTV cameras, CCTV surveillance will come into operation immediately at various illegal dumping sites, including Bring Banks and Recycling Centres, throughout North Tipperary.

Illegal dumping is unsightly, degrading, costly to clean up and can be harmful to children, pets and wildlife. The new mobile cameras will rotate around North Tipperary, to ensure that those individuals who dump rubbish illegally, can be successfully prosecuted.

Note: 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. It should be noted that it is an offence, under the Litter Pollution Act to leave any waste materials including bags of household waste, bottles, plastics, cardboard boxes etc. in the vicinity of bring bank sites. Bring banks are provided for members of the public to recycle glass bottles and aluminium cans. North Tipperary recorded the highest percentage increase in glass tonnage collected, comparing Jan-Sept 2009 to Jan-Sept 2010. This constituted a percentage increase of some 13%.

However, at a minority of bring bank sites, members of the public cannot access the Bring Banks due to dumping. If a bring bank is full then bottles or cans should be brought to another location or return later, when the banks have been emptied.

Speaking recently on this initiative, Mr Joe MacGrath, County Manager, North Tipperary County Council, stated, “Illegal dumping is unnecessary and causes a lot of concern for our countryside and all the wildlife that inhabits it. We are also disappointed that some Bring Sites are being misused in this way as they are important facilities for communities. North Tipperary County Council is trying to encourage people to recycle as much of their waste as possible and reduce the amount going to landfill. We have also had people leaving their recyclables in plastic bags because they are too lazy to empty them into the banks“.  He further added, “CCTV has been installed at sites throughout North Tipperary in order to deter illegal dumping and where it does occur North Tipperary County Council will be enforcing the litter legislation to its fullest extent and offenders will be prosecuted. Remember, people found littering are liable to an immediate fine of €150.

North Tipperary County Council is appealing to the public to be vigilant when it comes to litter and protection of the environment and to contact the Litter Hotline on 1850 250 350 to report incidences of illegal dumping.

This continuing zero tolerance initiative, by North Tipperary County Council, is to be welcomed.

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