Eight prosecutions in Kerry after almost 800 littering cases investigated

Almost 800 cases of littering were examined in Kerry last year, and eight people were prosecuted for non-payment of fines. RUBBISH2 The complaints were investigated by the council’s three full time litter wardens, who are supported the seven traffic wardens who also carry out litter enforcement duties. Meanwhile councillors say the issue of rubbish being dumped along the side of roads in the county seems to be getting worse, despite the hard work of volunteers in Tidy Towns groups. According to the Litter Pollution Report 2015, 787 litter pollution cases were investigated by the council last year; 395 were in the Tralee area, 174 in Killarney, 114 in Listowel, and 104 in the south and west of the county. Fifty-seven (57) on the spot fines of €150 were issued, and 24 in Tralee, six in Killarney, 13 in Listowel, and 14 in the south and west of the county; this resulted in eight prosecutions for non-payment of fines. The council says over 36 tonnes of fly-tipping rubbish was collected during 2015, a reduction of four tonnes from the previous year. However councillors, including Michael Gleeson of the South Kerry Independent Alliance  says the problem of dumping along the sides of country roads appears to be getting worse: AUDIO: [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/54493/medium/”]