|Tidylongford.com is part of Longford chamber of commerce's efforts
to help sort out Longford's litter problems.|
At chamber meetings the issue of
litter on our streets has been a constant source of frustration. In addition to
lobbying the town council, criticism spurned us into doing something practical
We started a weekly litter collection which commenced Saturday
26th October @ 3pm at Connolly barracks. In addition Geraldine Swarbrigg and Matt
O'Brien Organize a Sunday Clean up meeting at Connolly Barracks at 12pm every
week for those who can't make the Saturday clean up.
We have had a great
turn-out so far with members from the Chamber, Tidy Towns committee, Longford
town Council, County Action Group, and members of the public turning out to pick
up litter from the town streets and various areas around the town.
Council have supplied us with Gloves, refuse sacks and arranged for the pick-up
of the full bags afterwards. Local publicans have provided hot drinks and refreshments
for after the collection.
What has become immediately apparent is the size
of the challenge we are facing to get a litter free status. Cigarette butts and
Chewing Gum are huge problems and it is not often apparent to offenders that they
are doing any wrong. Creating litter awareness is one of our priorities, everyone
carries the responsibility to lead by example and educate offenders. We have managed
to clear some major black spots (for a brief time at least).
have initiated their own clean ups on a regular basis, notably on the By-Pass
where the weekly clean-ups have made a marked improvement.
We are looking
for volunteers to help with the ongoing collection. If you are able to help we
would ask you to contact one of the chamber committee members or Just Turn up
at 3pm on Saturday or 12pm Sunday at Connolly barracks.
Matt O'Brien: 043-45829
Jonathan Quinn: 087 2393251
Michael Keenan: 086-8205131
Your Business Premises:
IT IS THE LAW !
would like to point out to our members and other business's in the town the litter
bye-laws. The need to keep your shop front clean is the most important aspect
of the byelaws for business people in the town. If there is litter in front of
your premises you can be fined by the town Council for the offence. Could people
also refrain from placing refuse sacks full of rubbish outside their shop overnight.
It is not only an offence but and eyesore. A shopkeeper or businessperson can
be fined if litter is found outside their door or in the view of people from a
public place no matter where it has blown from or who put it there. We would ask
that the town business people would at the very least sweep up outside your premises
once a day, this is you legal requirement but few are keeping this practice up.
the coming months we will be visiting business people to get commitments as to
their responsibilities. Tom Flood of Longford Cineplex as taken it upon himself
to be responsible for Bridge Street. Longford would be a much better place to
live and do business if more people followed this example.
If you want
guidelines on your responsibilities you can contact any of the Chamber committee
members whether you are a member of Chamber or not. You can also download a copy
of the Litter Act by Clicking here. This may take a few minutes to download.
Matt O'Brien: 043-45829
Jonathan Quinn: 087 2393251
Mc Nulty: 087-2346398
Michael Keenan: 086-8205131
your responsibilities for taking action against litter:
Down The Law
The Litter Pollution Act, 1997 brought in tougher litter
laws to combat the problems of litter pollution more effectively.
is intended as a practical guide to these litter laws. For further information
you should contact your local authority or obtain a copy of the Litter Pollution
Act from the Government Publications Office, 4/5 Harcourt Road, Dublin 2. Price
£3.00. or you can download it now by clicking here it may take a few minutes
Leaving or throwing litter in a public place
is an offence which can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €125 or a maximum
fine of £1,500 in court. The definition of litter is quite wide and extends
beyond casual pieces of paper or cigarette ends to anything large or small, which
is, or is likely to become, unsightly. A person convicted of a litter offence
may also be required by the court to pay the local authority's costs and expenses
in investigating the offence and bringing the prosecution.
If you are the owner or the person responsible for a place to which the public
has access you are obliged to keep the place litter free, regardless of how the
litter got there. This applies to any public place, which may include the precincts
of a shopping centre, a school campus, a public park, a train or bus station.
The owner or occupier of property, which can
be seen from a public place, is obliged to keep it free of litter. Basically,
any outdoor area on your property that is visible from a public place must be
kept free of litter.
Litter Black Spots
Where litter has accumulated
on property for whatever reason and the litter is visible from a public place,
the local authority can issue a notice to the owner or occupier requiring the
prompt removal of the litter. Such a notice can also set down precautionary measures
to be put in place to prevent a reoccurrence.
If a property owner or occupier
fails or refuses to do everything that has been requested, the local authority
has the power to do whatever is necessary itself and require the owner or occupier
to pay all of the costs involved.
laws have increased the powers of local authorities to combat the problem of illegal
dumping of refuse and rubbish. Where a local authority finds material that is
illegally dumped and establishes the identity of the owner of the material, that
person will have a case to answer without necessarily having to be caught in the
Extra powers are also available to local authorities to require a householder
or business operator to indicate how and where they are disposing of their waste.
This is particularly relevant if the householder or business owner is not availing
of a refuse collection service or bringing their waste to an authorised disposal
If you see someone dumping illegally, report the matter to your
local authority who will investigate and take any necessary enforcement action.
The promoters or organisers of major events are
required to ensure that they have litter control measures in place at the venue
and in the surrounding vicinity before, during and after the event. This applies
to football matches and other social and sporting events at which large crowds
attend. It is possible that the local authority can undertake this task but the
promoter/organiser must bear the costs involved.
Mobile Food Outlets
of mobile food outlets selling fast food or beverages, or other outlets such as
those selling farm produce are obliged to provide suitable litter bins in the
vicinity of their outlets. Also, they must clean-up any litter arising from the
operation of their outlets within a radius of 100 metres from their outlet.
Dog owners must now remove their pets' waste from public places
and dispose of it in a proper manner. This obligation applies to the following
- Public roads and footpaths
- areas around shopping centres
- the immediate area surrounding another
Posters and Signs
The law forbids the putting
up of posters/signs on poles or on other structures in public places unless you
have the written permission of the owner of the pole or other structure in advance
of putting up the posters/signs.
of advertising leaflets on car windscreens is prohibited and if you are proposing
to distribute advertising leaflets in the street, you should first check with
the local authority to see if they have introduced any local litter restrictions,
which they are entitled to do.
PRESENTING YOUR REFUSE
Taking a few small precautions in the way you present your
refuse for collection will help enormously in preventing the creation of litter.
If you are not already using a wheelie-bin or ordinary refuse bin, you should
use strong plastic bags and avoid using lightweight supermarket type bags. You
should put out refuse for collection on the morning of the collection and not
on the day or night before. The longer it is left out for collection the more
likely it is to attract the unwanted attention of dogs, cats and birds.
is an offence to dispose of your household refuses in street litterbins.
ENFORCES THE LITTER LAWS?
Local authorities are responsible for implementing
the litter laws in their own areas. This means they are responsible for the prevention
and control of litter and they have the power to take enforcement action against
individuals who break or ignore these laws. Gardai also have the power to issue
on the spot fines for litter offences.
LOCAL AUTHORITY DUTIES:
Each local authority is obliged to prepare a litter management
plan for its own area. This plan sets out their objectives to prevent and control
litter as well as measures to encourage public awareness. The plan must also set
out the measures and arrangements by which they intend to achieve their objectives.
In preparing a litter management plan the local authority is obliged to consult
with local community and voluntary interests before the Council members adopt
They are responsible for keeping public
places under their control, including public roads, clear of litter as far as
is practicably possible. This includes the arrangement of cleansing programmes
and the provision and emptying of litter bins.
will lose a town/village vital marks in the Tidy Town Competition.
If you live
in a town or village you have a part to play in this competition. If a Tidy Town
Committee is already up and running in your town/village, consider how you can
help. Don't just leave it to others. Remember, if you really have no time to spare
to work with your Tidy Towns Committee, then your efforts to maintain your own
premises litter free will help their efforts to keep your community more environmentally
friendly for all to enjoy.
Longford Tidy Town details: also Ardagh, Kenagh,