Cinema campaign to reel in illegal dumping

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A NEW campaign urging people to only use licensed operators to remove their rubbish has premiered in cinemas across Limerick.

‘Man with a Van’ is a new animation short which reminds people to only use an operator with a waste collection permit when disposing of waste. The permit number must be shown clearly on the side of their vehicle.

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The cinema campaign is the latest in a series of litter and waste awareness campaigns run by Limerick City and County Council and funded under the Department of the Environment’s anti-dumping Initiative.

Earlier this year, another animation short, ‘Dog Pooh’ ran in cinemas to highlight the importance of cleaning up after your pet.

Mayor Michael Sheahan said that illegal dumping was a blight on the landscape of Limerick city and county, and he appeal to anyone looking at getting rid of their rubbish to make sure they are using a licensed operator.

Kathleen White, of the council’s planning and environmental department said that illegal dumping continues to be a problem throughout the country and Limerick is no exception.

“Over Christmas and the New Year, the amount of waste produced increases significantly. We need to do what we can to ensure unnecessary waste is not generated and that waste that is generated is dealt with in a proper manner.”

Anyone who witnesses environmental pollution such as fly-tipping, littering or backyard burning should report it on 061 556000 or the free phone litter line 1800 201 501 or download the See It? Say It! app.