Over 690 (696) cases of illegal dumping were investigated by Kerry County Council’s litter wardens for the first nine months of this year.
Up until the end of September, there were 87 on the spot fines issued in Kerry to people caught dumping illegally.
During 2018, a total of 938 cases of illegal dumping were investigated under the litter pollution act and 142 on the spot fines were issued.
In 2017 there were 820 cases investigated and 116 fines were issued.
Kerry County Council has allocated €228,000 towards the litter warden service for next year.
The council employs three full-time litter wardens countywide on a permanent basis. Assistance is also provided on a part-time basis by the traffic/litter wardens in Dingle, Cahersiveen, Castleisland, Killorglin, Killarney, Kenmare and Listowel.
Kerry County Council says this will be further complemented by the appointment of Municipal District Enforcement Officers in 2020.
€121,000 has been allocated towards litter control initiatives, along with the provision of the MD Enforcement Officers for next year; these officers will address issues arising locally ranging from hedge cutting enforcement to litter control and burial ground by-laws.