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Anti-Dumping Initiative

​​​​The Department is 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 in 2017 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).

The infographic gives an overview of the 2017 Anti-Dumping Initiative and details of the projects funded are available here.


Under the 2018 Anti-Dumping Initiative, €2 million was made available to local authorities and communities to continue the fight against illegal dumping in Ireland. Details of the projects funded under 2018 Anti-Dumping Initiative are available here​.