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Cavan councillors sign off litter management plan amid calls to "name and shame" litterers

Nov 9, 2021 16:11 By News Northern Sound
Cavan councillors sign off litter management plan amid calls to "name and shame" litterers Cavan councillors sign off litter management plan amid calls to "name and shame" litterers
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Cavan councillors have signed off on the council's litter management plan for 2021 to 2024.

The plan has five key objectives to tackle litter and waste.

While all councillors support the plan, some called for those found guilty of littering to be "named and shamed".

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The five key objectives are litter prevention and control, enforcement, public awareness, partnerships with communities and businesses, and climate and biodiversity action.

Councillor John Paul proposed adopting the plan, and this was seconded by Madeline Argue.

However, Councillor Feeley expressed concern that "a small number continue floating the law and we are left to pick up the bill".

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Spending on litter control and prevention increased every year from 2016 to 2019, with an expenditure of over 1 million euro in 2019.

He welcomed a commitment in the management plan to install CCTV at all 30 Recycling Bring Centres throughout the county.

Meanwhile, Councillor Shane P O'Reilly hit out at a lack of funding to tackle littering, noting that the county use to have four litter wardens and now has two.

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While he said he didn't want to "pour cold water" on the litter plan, he added "all this good work can be wiped out by judges not coming down hard on the war on litter".

Referencing an earlier call from TP O'Reilly for people's names and numbers to be printed on takeaway food packaging in an attempt to hold litterers accountable, Shane P O'Reilly accused judges of "hiding behind GDPR" data protection laws.

He added that "we need to name and shame and hit litterers in the pocket", and that there "is no use in a wrap on the knuckles".

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The litter plan also includes the rolling out of The Green Kilometre scheme, which invites individuals and groups in rural areas to become involved in looking after their own locality.

Councillor Aiden Fitzpatrick initiated the scheme in the county and encouraged people to sign up to it:

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