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Littering - The Law

Leaving or throwing litter in a public place or in any place that is visible from a public place is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act 1997 as amended.

Anyone identified as doing so will be issued with an on-the-spot litter fine of €150. If the fine is not paid within 21 days, Cavan County Council can take legal action through the District Court, where the maximum fine which can be imposed is €4,000 plus any expenses which are incurred by the Council.

On-the-spot fines will also be issued to anyone identified as having left items behind at any of Cavan County Council’s Recycling Bring Centres. When you have placed all your recyclable items into the correct receptacles, please take any boxes/bags used to bring items to the Bring Centre home with you. If the receptacles are full, all items, including boxes/bags used to bring the items to the Bring Centre must be taken home, or recycled at another Bring Centre. For details of all Recycling Bring Centres and Civic Amenity Centres, please download our Cavan County Council Bring Centre Booklet.

To combat the problem of littering and illegal dumping, Cavan County Council has installed CCTV at various Recycling Bring Centres throughout the County. This has proved to be very successful in identifying offenders and on-the-spot fines have been issued to those involved as well as successful prosecutions.

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