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Public urged to report unauthorised waste sites 21.06.18

A dedicated helpdesk for members of the public to report any sites containing unauthorised waste including household, commercial, construction and demolition waste has been opened by Donegal County Council.
The Council is taking this action following the RTE Investigates programme Ireland’s Wild Waste on Monday evening and is asking members of the public to come forward with information that they may have in relation to these types of sites.
For the last six months RTÉ Investigates went undercover investigating the ever increasing problem of illegal dumping and how councils regulate and prosecute waste offenders. Donegal was found to be the poorest performing council in Ireland for its inspection rate of its facilities and for its investment in waste services. Between 2014 and 2016 Donegal had just two members of staff to regulate the 44 waste permits in the area.
Donegal County Council has confirmed that it has been and will continue to investigate and take action in relation to the matters raised in Monday evening’s RTE Investigates programme into the alleged non-compliance with waste legislation at the sites identified in the programme and that this is being done in collaboration with a number of other agencies. The Council has requested from RTE footage and other records that may assist the Council further in these investigations.
If you have information on sites containing unauthorised waste please call 074 91 53900 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday and your call will be directed to the Unauthorised Waste Sites helpdesk.
In addition, outside of the Council’s office hours or where a member of the public may wish to complain directly to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they can make a complaint through the National Environmental Complaints Line on 1850 365121or via the EPA’s “See it? Say it?” smartphone app. These services operate on a 24 hour basis.
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