The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has today (June 1st) announced an allocation of €884,000 to tackle graffiti and litter across the country. This represents an increase of €194,000 on last year’s allocation under the 2017 Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS).
The Scheme provides funding to local authorities to conduct public awareness and education campaigns at a community level targeting litter, dog fouling and graffiti. Each local authority is responsible for selecting the suitable awareness projects that receive funding. Today’s allocation of €884,000 brings the total grants provided under this Scheme over the last 10 years to almost €15 million.
Announcing the allocation Minister Naughten said: “Year on year Ireland has steadily improved with respect to litter but complacency is not an option as a small increase was recorded last year in levels nationwide on the previous year. Within the resources I have I am proud to support community groups and local authorities with funding that will have tangible impact in our communities. Recently, I provided increased funding for the 2017 National Spring Clean campaign run by An Taisce. I have also doubled the funding available to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping and today I am pleased to announce a substantial increase in funding to tackle graffiti and littering of all types, including gum, cigarette butts and dog fouling, which is a particular bugbear of mine. Dog fouling is perhaps the most disgusting and intrusive type of litter and a constant source of annoyance for us all on our streets, in our parks and on our beaches. I would really welcome any initiatives that will increase awareness of this nuisance litter and the many public health risks associated with dog owners not picking up their dog’s waste, particularly for children.”
Naughten added: “Littering is environmental sabotage but money cannot solve our litter problems on its own. It takes a behavioural change across the board and I am confident the awareness campaigns that will be funded at a community level under ALAGS will have a real impact. It’s hugely important for me to support and assist community effort with significant funding and recognition. I want to pay tribute to the passion, energy and dedication of thousands of local community and voluntary groups, schoolchildren and teachers who are taking their civic responsibilities seriously every single day through the many anti-litter initiatives that they drive for the preservation of our environment,” concluded Minister Naughten.
|Local Authority||2017 Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS) Allocations|
|Limerick City & County||51,000|
|Waterford City & County||49,000|