Phone plan to report illegal dumping

By Dan Walsh

Cllr Aidan Browne’s motion calling on Wexford County Council to roll-out a QR style code on every public bin in Co. Wexford, seconded by Cllr Garry Laffan, was unanimously carried at today’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council held in the Hilton Edwards Suite in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. Cllr Ger Carthy was in the chair.

CLLR AIDAN BROWNE

Cllr Browne said this would allow people to report overflowing bins as well as illegal dumping in real time using their phone and thus ensure a quick and targeted response. “The issue has become much more prominent over the lockdown period with people spending a lot more time outdoors,” said the Enniscorthy district member, who added; “The summer months and periods of good weather further exacerbate the problem and despite the best efforts of the Council, overflowing bins are becoming a common feature near parks and playgrounds across the county.

Cllr Browne continued; “It takes less than a minute to report and means the Council can target problem areas rather than trying to cover everywhere all the time and it also acts as a deterrent to those illegally dumping household waste near public bins as they know the Council will be watching the areas where it is most important.”

If a bin is damaged or overflowing anyone with a smartphone can snap a picture of the QR code and report it to Wexford County Council. This generates a service request and the Council can then send someone around to attend the issue without delay.

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