A county council in the Republic of Ireland has placed drones at the forefront of its plan to tackle illegal dumping.
According to the Leinster Express, Laois County Council will be deploying drone technology, alongside wildlife camera, in popular fly-tipping areas to catch criminals in the act.
The project supported by UAVs is reportedly to roll out across to region this week, with Environment section and Laois Civil Defence volunteers piloting the systems.
The publication reported that senior executive engineer, Orla Barrett, said: “We are going upmarket, we will use drones on a number of sites, in conjunction with the Civil Defence. The first will probably be deployed next week.
“We encourage people to tell us where the hot spots are. The public can be afraid of individuals dumping, but if you tell us where they frequent, we can go after them ourselves.”
Within the first three months of 2018, the Environment section has had 179 complaints, mostly about litter and dumping, but it has only issued 33 notices of litter fines.