limerick County Council have described as “unbelievable” the response from the public in their efforts to curb ongoing problems with litter louts.
The local authority received 1,200 phone calls from the public last year ranging from people complaining that their neighbours have no bin collection, to problems with abandoned cars along to what is turning out to be the very irrating problem of dog fouling on roads and footpaths.
“The response from the public has been unbelievable especially as they now see we are taking action against people who litter,” Mary Killeen Fitzgerald, administrative officer with the Council explained.
An estimated 1,200 phone calls were received on the free litter phone line in 2011 and this year the Council says it is hoping to encourage even greater numbers of people to report incidents of litter in their local community.
She said a break down of the calls showed a lot of variety of complaints.
“Quite a lot of people were concerned about their neighbours having no refuse service. Under new bylaws every household is obliged to have a refuse service and if they don’t they can be prosecuted by us,” she explained.
She said they were “flabbergasted” by the amount of complaints about dog litter. which was now a big health and safety issue. They were now also trying to help dog owners by putting more dog poop bins in the bigger housing estates across Limerick.