Local councils could seek power to demand handover of rubbish receipts

Local authority staff in Cavan and Monaghan could soon have the power to demand proof of how you pay to dispose of your rubbish.

The proposals – which are likely to prove controversial – are contained among a set of proposed new bye-laws which are currently being considered by county councils throughout the state. The proposed litter bye-laws are being introduced by the Government with the primary aim of cracking down on illegal dumping which has been a scourge throughout Cavan and Monaghan in recent years.

The bye-laws would mean that all homeowners and businesses must be able to “prove” their compliance by providing receipts or other statements to explain how and where they dispose of their rubbish. Council staff or Gardaí would be empowered to call to any home or business and demand that refuse receipts be provided to the council within a set time.

Anyone non-compliant would face an immediate fine of €75 followed by potential penalties of up to €2,500. Sean Scott, the regional co-ordinator Connacht-Ulster Regional Waste Management Plan spoke on today’s Joe Finnegan Show. He says the proposed bye-laws are a move in the direction to address the source of illegal dumping.