The litter laws have increased the powers of local authorities to combat the problem of illegal dumping of refuse and rubbish. Where a local authority finds material that is illegally dumped and establishes the identity of the owner of the material, that person will have a case to answer without necessarily having to be caught in the act.
Where the identity of an owner is established in any dumping incident, regardless of whether they were caught in the act, proceedings will be taken against the owner of the waste. It is the duty of the owner of the waste to ensure correct disposal of waste.
This can be done either by bringing it to an authorised waste disposal facility and disposing of it correctly in the facility or by availing of a waste collection service with valid waste permit for the type of waste. Householders and businesses have received fines or prosecutions as a result of using bogus collectors.
Cork County Council can require a householder or business operator to indicate how and where they are disposing of their waste. If you see someone dumping waste please report the matter to your Local Authority who will investigate and take any necessary enforcement action.
If you see someone dumping illegally, report the matter to Cork County Council who will investigate and take any necessary enforcement action.