Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Cash to fight litter and graffiti

Environment Minister Phil Hogan announced extra funding to tackle graffiti and litter
Environment Minister Phil Hogan announced extra funding to tackle graffiti and litter

More than two million euro will be handed over to local councils this year to tackle graffiti and litter.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the public money would be used in a number of ways, including awareness-raising campaigns.

"These supports will help local authorities tackle the problem of litter through awareness raising, enforcement and the maintenance of key tourist areas," he said.

Some 900,000 euro has been earmarked for the the Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme, which gifts cash for public education drives.

Another 750,000 euro will be given out to city and county councils for the Litter Enforcement Scheme, which funds measures such as mobile CCTV equipment to catch fly-tippers and illegal dumpers.

A further 500,000 euro will be made available through the Tourist Season Anti-Litter Grant Scheme.

"Local authorities continue to contribute greatly to the ongoing decrease in litter pollution across the country, working together with the communities they serve," said Mr Hogan.

"I want to assist councils in bringing those who undermine this excellent work to account."

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