EPA LAUNCHES 24-HOUR PHONE SERVICE
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled details of a confidential telephone service designed to encourage reporting of illegal dumping of waste or of abandoned illegal dumps. As part of a campaign entitled ‘Dump the Dumpers’ members of the public can report illegal dumping via a 24 hour lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121. Local authorities, the gardaí and the EPA will follow up on the information provided by the public, as appropriate.
The focus of the campaign will be to identify large scale dumping sites that may still be operational or any remaining abandoned illegal dumps. However, the new phone service will also allow members of the public to report larger fly-tipping activities such as sites used for habitual fly-tipping of waste, which have become a scourge of many rural communities in particular. The ‘Dump the Dumpers’ campaign is the latest initiative by the Environmental Enforcement Network, which includes the EPA, all local authorities, the Gardaí and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The service compliments current local authority litter phone lines, which are being actively used by the public to report littering and small-scale fly-tipping activities.The ‘Dump the Dumpers’ campaign is being launched on a pilot basis for six months. A national and regional press and radio campaign will support it over the coming