Richard Bruton T.D., minister for communications, climate action and environment has pledged funding of €3m to the Anti-Dumping Initiative.
As part of the move which sets out to ‘support communities around the country to tackle illegal dumping’ Bruton outlines how drone innovation could be pivotal in alleviating to problem.
He said: “Illegal dumpers are poking their finger in the eye of communities all over the country. We can only stamp it out if we work together. This money will step up the chances of catching the offenders and will provide help to those who want to do the right thing.
He added: “Innovation, surveillance using drones, special collections for awkward items like mattresses, spreading awareness among young people and recognising the work of volunteers can all pay a role.”
The increase to €3m this year is a 50% increase on last year, a boost which authorities hope will help them use drone technology for monitoring and surveillance purposes.