Illegal dumping represents “economic and environmental treason” and threatens jobs and income in rural Ireland.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, made the comment at the launch in Ballinasloe on Monday of a new initiative aimed at tackling illegal dumping by using drone technology.
Minister Naughten said such dumping undermines everything that the agencies promoting Ireland in a post-Brexit Europe are trying to accomplish.
The new national initiative will target those who dump their rubbish as well as support the clean-up of dumping blackspots.
An initial allocation of €650,000 is being made available to support the plan and funding will be allocated to projects where community groups and other state agencies work together to clean-up and prevent illegal dumping.
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