88 litter fines this year in Donegal

A total of 88 litter fines have been served to date in Donegal, it has been confirmed.

Of this, 34 or 39% have been paid and seven files were forwarded to the courts for non payment of fixed penalty notices under the Litter Pollution Act 1997.

There have also been three prosecutions for the year to date.

13 of the fines relate to people from Northern Ireland, which equates to 14% of the total - just one of these has been paid.

The total number of environmental complaints to Donegal County Council for the year to date is 545, for which 474 are for waste and litter.

The figures were confirmed to Inishowen County Councillors at the recent Inishowen Municipal District meeting.

Dearn McClintock, waste awareness officer, said the aim of the fines was not to generate revenue but to try and change people’s attitudes.

He added that as more fines are produced, attitudes will change and fines and complaints will then decrease.

Meanwhile, there are 70 bring bank sites for glass and cans in Donegal involving over 330 bring banks. In 2014, there were 2,697 tonnes of glass collected from bring banks and 122 tonnes of cans, There were also 68 tonnes of textiles collected and 15 tonnes of hazardous waste, In August, there will be seven waste electrical and electronic equipment collection days at various locations around Donegal. There is an obligation on retailers to take back waste electrical items when a customer purchases a new one and in 2014, the total WEEE collected in Donegal was 733 tonnes,