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    An investigation into environmental waste enforcement in Ireland

    Palomo Navarro, Alvaro and McDermott, Aidan and Dooley, John and Farrell, Ronan (2014) An investigation into environmental waste enforcement in Ireland. Irish Geography, 46 (3). pp. 213-230. ISSN 1939-4055

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    Despite a number of campaigns conducted in Ireland to increase awareness about appropriate waste management, waste enforcement is still a significant issue. Decisions such as the privatisation of waste collection services and the introduction of new waste charges have contributed to some of the classic waste enforcement issues, like illegal dumping. In addition, the current economic recession affects the resources that local authorities have available to implement enforcement actions. In order to analyse the current situation of waste enforcement in Ireland, a survey was carried out amongst the 34 environmental departments within the Irish local authorities. This paper presents the survey findings. From the results, the principal current waste enforcement issues are extracted and compared with previous studies in the field. In addition, an analysis of the resources employed with regard to technology, personnel, legal prosecutions and best practices is also performed. The technologies and practices used are evaluated for efficiency at reducing the main illegal actions, such as illegal dumping, and compared to international best practices. Finally, the actions carried out by the local authorities in terms of public awareness and environmental education are reviewed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: waste; enforcement; prosecution; best practice; technology; Irish local authorities;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 9578
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    Depositing User: Ronan Farrell
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 17:02
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Geography
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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