Clare County Council Crackdown On Illegal Waste Activity

Clare County Council is increasing its monitoring of illegal waste activity such as fly-tipping, backyard burning of waste and illegal waste.

Enforcement work is carried out regularly and in conjunction with other local authorities, the Gardaí and other state agencies, while the Council also is utilising CCTV surveillance to detect illegal waste activity. Clare County Council says Waste Enforcement staff have expanded their inspections and patrols in areas vulnerable to illegal dumping to night-time and weekends. collection after it successfully brought three separate cases against individuals at Ennis District Court.  The Court imposed heavy fines and awarded costs to the Council, averaging over €2,000 in each case.

  • It is illegal to give waste to an unauthorised collector, as persons involved in the collection of waste must have a valid waste collection permit.
  • As an alternative to using an authorised collection service, householders can bring their household waste to any one of the 5 recycling centres at Ennis, Shannon, Inagh, Lisdeen (Kilkee) and Scarriff operated by Clare County Council.
  • The Council also operates a network of 53 bring bank sites throughout the county that typically accept glass bottles and drinks cans.
  • The Council also is encouraging members of the public to report illegal waste and litter activity, which can be done through the anti-litter hotline (1800 606 706 or 065 6846331), by email to , in person at an Area Office or at the Council’s head office in Ennis, or by letter to the Waste Enforcement Section, Transportation, Water Services and Environment Directorate, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.