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Anti-Dumping Initiative

We are aware of the problems caused by illegal dumping, irrespective of the nature of the material being dumped or where it has been dumped. Illegal dumping is first and foremost a matter of individual responsibility and compliance with the law. While enforcement action in this area is a matter in the first instance for local authorities, the Department encourages a multi-facetted approach to tackling the problem, incorporating enforcement, public awareness and education.

The Department developed an Anti-Dumping Initiative to work in partnership with local authorities and community organisations in identifying high risk or problem areas, developing appropriate enforcement responses and carrying out clean-up operations. The initiative is co-ordinated through the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities (WERLAs). Funding of over €3 million has been provided to date which has supported over 400 projects across all 31 local authority areas.