Enhanced integration of state responses to illegal waste activities

Date released: Apr 03 2006

  • Tackling illegal waste activity top priority for the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement.
  • Major conference bringing together regulatory authorities and police forces on both sides of the Border to tackle illegal waste activity.
  • Conference builds on actions needed to tackle illegal waste activities, as identified in EPA’s ground-breaking report from September 2005.

The EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement has organised a conference on waste enforcement.  The conference brings together all the relevant state agencies involved in tackling illegal waste activities.  Recognising the ongoing challenges in illegal cross border movement, the Environmental and Heritage Service and PSNI are also participants.

Opening the conference, Minister Dick Roche said

“There are clear signs that we are getting to grips with our unauthorised waste problems…In the case of backyard burning and illegal fly-tipping zero tolerance approach is really the only approach! I would in this instance ask that efforts be made to educate the general public as to the dangers of handing waste over to fly by night cowboys – producer responsibility begins at home.” 

Mr Dara Lynott, Director, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, said

“Tackling illegal waste activity is a top priority for the Office of Environmental Enforcement and members of the enforcement network.  Members of the network have come together today from all corners of the island of Ireland to focus on new initiatives to detect and prosecute illegal waste activities.”

“We’re sending out a strong and clear message today to those involved in illegal waste activities, that their actions will not be tolerated.”

The network will implement and build on the actions set out in the EPA’s report on unauthorised waste activity, from September 2005.  The network brings together all the relevant agencies to best deal with this problem.

Addressing the conference, Garda Assistant Commissioner Callinan said,

“Being conscious of the threat posed by illegal waste activities to Ireland’s economic and social environment, we in An Garda Síochána are committed to working with the EPA and other statutory agencies in preventing and detecting this type of illegal activity.

Notes to Editor:

EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement

The Office of Environmental Enforcement was set up in 2003 to bring about improved compliance with environmental legislation in Ireland and to ensure that those who flout environmental law and cause environmental pollution as a result of their actions are held to account.

Enforcement Network

The Office of Environmental Enforcement, in conjunction with other Public Bodies with environmental regulatory authority, established an enforcement network in 2004.

The participants include all local and public authorities, state agencies and Government Departments with responsibilities for the implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation in Ireland.

The network’s objective is to foster co-operation between the various bodies involved in the enforcement of environmental legislation so that a higher and more consistent standard of enforcement is achieved throughout the country.

EPA Report - The Nature and Extent of Unauthorised Waste Activity in Ireland

The information gathered during the course of this investigation was used to prepare an action plan to deal with unauthorised waste activity in Ireland. The specific actions required to deal with this problem are set out in the report, which is available www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/waste