A local authority in the Ireland has taken to the skies in order to stamp out the unlawful disposal of waste across the region.
The Irish Examiner reported that Waterford City and County Council’s environmental team purchased a DJI unmanned aerial system last July and has been tracking fly-tipping and other illegal dumping since last summer.
According to the publication, senior executive engineer at environment, Niall Kane, said the council has been deploying the drone “at least once a week, to help identify the scale and extent of waste on various sites and to pinpoint unauthorised dumping locations”.
He said: “Its main benefit is the ability to survey large areas far faster than on foot and its capacity to obtain a bird’s eye view of waste on the ground which makes it easier to quantify larger deposits of waste.”
With the application of the 1.2kg drone, which was designed for commercial application, aerial footage could help the council trace leads and result in prosecutions as evidence in criminal proceedings.
While it has been reported that the new system is yet to provide evidence in court, the use of the DJI Phantom has assisted the council in issuing fines and notices.