by Marian Duggan
Seventy-three individuals were issued with fines for illegal dumping that marred the Ballyhaunis area over an 18-month period.
Mayo Co Council’s clampdown on dumpers has seen an improvement in the crisis with Ballyhaunis Community Council and Tidy Towns hoping the shocking figure will “frighten” others and entice them to deal with their rubbish in the proper manner.
Mark Godfrey of Ballyhaunis Community Council said some locals were frustrated at being asked to be vigilant and share information about dumping but now the fine rates prove that work is happening behind the scenes.
“The reaction seems to be that people are very happy that these people have had to pay but some have been shocked by the high number.
“The situation has improved in recent months. The litter warden has visited a lot of houses and asked to see bins. If people can alert us to households where they suspect there are no bins then we can pass that information onto the litter warden,” he said.
The Tidy Towns committee has worked tirelessly to improve the aesthetic appeal of Ballyhaunis and CCTV cameras have helped but only last week locals reported bags of rubbish dumped on the Ballaghaderreen Road.
“It can be very depressing to see rubbish on your road and it spilled open,” said Mr Godfrey.
Anyone with information about illegal dumping should contact the community council. Alternatively the litter warden can be contacted on 094-90-24444.