BIG-brother style technology is being used by Limerick City Council in the fight against illegal dumping at recycling centres across the city.
The local authority has hired private contractors to install CCTV systems and monitor a number of bring banks and civic amenity sites where illegal dumping is a major concern.
A number of successful prosecutions were brought at Limerick District Court this week against individuals who were caught on camera illegally dumping rubbish at the same recycling centre on separate dates last August.
Judge Eamon O’Brien was told the two incidents happened at the recycling centre in the car park at the rear of Roxboro Shopping Centre. In each case, still images from CCTV footage of the incidents was produced in court.
In one case, a woman was seen dumping black plastic bags on the ground near the clothes bank and in another case, a woman was seen dumping cardboard boxes.
Judge O’Brien imposed fines in each case and the defendants were ordered to pay the costs of Limerick City Council.
A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Chronicle, print edition, dated April 17, 2012