PURE project extended for three years

A project to protect the environment and combat the problem of fly-tipping and illegal dumping in Ireland has been extended for a further three years.

The Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments (PURE) project will also receive yearly funding of €100,000 to continue tackling the problem at areas including the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands.

Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, announced the extension and stated that he was pleased with the progress the project had made.

He said: “The partnership approach adopted by the PURE Project, to the problem of illegal dumping and fly tipping in the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands, has succeeded in greatly reducing incidences of illegal dumping in the region over the last three years.

“While progress has clearly been made, there is no room for complacency. The Wicklow and Dublin Upland is one of this country’s most important tourist regions.”

Over 680 tonnes of illegally dumped waste has been removed from the area in the timeframe between December 2006 and August 2008, while over 700 reports have been investigated.

The project incorporates local authorities, the National Parks & Wildlife Service and a number of non-statutory organisations in its work.

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