Hogan Announces €2.15m to tackle Litter and Graffiti

Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government, today (13 April 2012) announced the provision of €2,150,000 in
grants to local authorities, €900,000 under the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti
Awareness Grant Scheme, for public education and awareness initiatives in
relation to both litter and graffiti, €750,000 for a new Litter Enforcement
Scheme, and a further €500,000 under the Tourist Season Anti-Litter Grant
Scheme (details attached).
These supports will help local authorities tackle the problem of litter
through awareness raising, enforcement and the maintenance of key tourist
areas,” commented the Minister.
The grants to city and county councils under the Awareness Scheme cover a
broad range of measures to raise public awareness and promote anti-litter
and anti-graffiti activity at local level. There is a particular focus on
involving schools, young people and voluntary initiatives by community
groups.
The new Litter Enforcement Scheme is intended to support the enforcement
activities of local authorities through such measures as the deployment of
mobile CCTV equipment to catch fly tippers and illegal dumpers.
The €500,000 provided under the Tourist Season Scheme is intended to
encourage local authorities to strive to ensure that key tourist
attractions are well presented during the peak summer season.
In announcing the provision for 2012, Minister Hogan acknowledged the role
being played by local authorities in tackling Ireland’s litter problem.
“Local authorities continue to contribute greatly to the ongoing decrease
in litter pollution across the country, working together with the
communities they serve. I want to assist councils in bringing those who
undermine this excellent work to account.”
He encouraged local authorities to continue to work with community groups
to tackle the litter and graffiti problems in their area: “The appearance
of our towns, cities and countryside is crucial to both social and economic
activity, and contributes significantly to the creation of jobs,” concluded
the Minister.

Appendix 1

2012 Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Schedule
County Council

2012

Allocations

Carlow

20,000

Cavan

20,000

Clare

24,000

Cork

35,000

Donegal

27,000

Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown

35,000

Fingal

35,000

Galway

27,000

Kerry

27,000

Kildare

24,000
Kilkenny

24,000

Laois

20,000

Leitrim

18,000

Limerick

27,000

Longford

18,000

Louth

24,000

Mayo

24,000

Meath

27,000

Monaghan

20,000

Offaly

20,000

Roscommon

20,000

Sligo

20,000

South County Dublin
35,000

South Tipperary

20,000

North Tipperary

20,000

Waterford

18,000

Westmeath

20,000

Wexford

27,000

Wicklow

24,000

City Council
Cork

35,000

Dublin

70,000

Galway

35,000

Limerick

30,000

Waterford

30,000

Total

€900,000

 

NOTE:

1. Allocations to city councils reflect the significant transient
population in these areas (tourists / students).

 

Appendix 2

 

2012 Tourist Season Anti-Litter Grant Schedule

 

County Council

2012

Allocations

Carlow

10,000

Cavan

10,000

Clare

15,000

Cork

20,000

Donegal

20,000

Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown

20,000

Fingal

20,000

Galway

20,000

Kerry

20,000

Kildare

20,000

Kilkenny

10,000

Laois

10,000

Leitrim

10,000

Limerick

15,000

Longford

10,000

Louth

15,000

Mayo

15,000

Meath

20,000

Monaghan

10,000

Offaly

10,000

Roscommon

10,000

Sligo

10,000

South County Dublin

20,000

South Tipperary

10,000

North Tipperary

10,000

Waterford

10,000

Westmeath

10,000

Wexford

15,000

Wicklow

15,000

City Council

 

Cork

20,000

Dublin

20,000

Galway

20,000

Limerick

15,000

Waterford

15,000

Total

€500,000

 

 

 

 

 

The Anti Litter and Anti Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme

The Department has co-funded grants for local authority anti-litter
awareness and education initiatives, amounting to over €10.6 million since
1997. Local authorities are responsible for selecting suitable projects
for funding and deciding on individual grant allocations. The scheme
requires that projects selected should promote greater public awareness and
education in relation to litter, and since 2008, graffiti. They should
also, where possible, focus on voluntary initiatives by community and
environmental groups and involve schools and young people in anti-litter
and anti-graffiti action. Typically, eligible projects include local media
campaigns, clean-ups, primary/secondary school competitions, exhibitions
and the production of videos, posters and leaflets. The maximum grant for a
project may be up to 70% of the cost and the balance must be met by local
contributions.

 

 

The Tourist Season Anti Litter Grant Scheme

It is intended that this funding should be utilised by the local
authorities to assist in the clean up of key tourist destinations, such as
beaches and known scenic areas, approach roads to and from points of access
to the country, e.g. airports, ferry terminals, and the clean up of litter
in rural areas generally.

 

Litter Enforcement Grant Scheme

This aim of this new scheme is to assist local authorities in the
deployment of staff and the purchase of appropriate equipment to tackle the
problem of fly tipping and small scale illegal dumping in known problem
areas within local authority functional areas. The grant allocation is
intended to be a once-off measure to allow local authorities put in place
effective measures to deal with these litter related issues. Further
details of the scheme will be made available to local authorities shortly

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