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Waste Management: Litter Control

Litter Control

Mayo County Council provides a litter control service. This is done through a system of education and enforcement. An ongoing schools programme is run to inform children and young people of the problems of littering. Competitions and events are organized to promote litter awareness.

Mayo County Council also enforces the litter pollution laws. Mayo County Council has appointed three litter wardens. A free phone answering service is available if the public wish to leave a message regarding litter pollution.

Freephone: 1800 400 256 or during office hours complaints can be made by telephoning 094 9024444 and asking for the Environment Section. We will take all details and relay them to the Litter wardens who will investigate the complaints.

Complaints relating to any suspected environmental breaches can also be made on line.

Make an Environmental Complaint Online or by post to the Environment Section, Mayo County Council, Aras an Chontae, Castlebar, Co Mayo

The Law

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The Litter Pollution Act, 1997 and subsequent ammedments brought in tougher litter laws to combat the problems of litter pollution more effectively. This law has subsequently being amended by the Waste Management Amendment Act and the Protection of the Environment Act. The mains provisions of the legislation are outlined below.


Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence which can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150  or a maximum fine of €3,000 with District Court proceedings.

The definition of litter is quite wide and extends beyond casual pieces of paper or cigarette ends to anything large or small which is, or is likely to become, unsightly.

A person convicted of a litter offence may also be required by the court to pay the local authority's costs and expenses in investigating the offence and bringing the prosecution.

Litter in Public Places

If you are the owner or the person responsible for a place to which the public has access you are obliged to keep the place litter free, regardless of how the litter got there. This applies to any public place.

Litter on Private Property

The owner or occupier of property which can be seen from a public place is obliged to keep it free of litter. Basically, any outdoor area on your property that is visible from a public place must be kept free of litter.

Litter Black Spots

When litter has accumulated on property for whatever reason and the litter is visible from a public place, the local authority can issue a notice to the owner or occupier requiring the removal of the litter. Such a notice can also set down precautionary measures to be put in place to prevent a reoccurrence.

If a property owner or occupier fails or refuses to do everything that has been requested, the local authority has the power to do whatever is necessary itself and require the owner or occupier to pay all of the costs involved.

Other Offences Defined As Litter:

  • Illegal dumping of waste.
  • Failure to clean up after major events (including the area around the event proper)
  • Mobile Food Outlets are responsible for litter within 100 metres of their business location which is related to their business
  • Dog Fouling
  • Posters and Signs placed on poles and structures
  • Advertising Flyers may not be left on car windscreens and local authorities may have prohibitions on distributing leaflets in the streets

Litter Clean ups:

The public are encouraged to join with their communities and local tidy towns in organising litter-clean ups in your area. Mayo County Council would be delighted to provide bags and gloves to help you out with your clean up. Contact your local area office for details.

Poop Scoops:

Remember leaving dog fouling in a public place is an offence. Contact our environment section for details of obtaining poop scoops.

Environment, Climate Action & Agriculture Department

Second Floor, Mayo County Council
Áras an Chontae
The Mall
Phone: (094) 9024444
Contact Form: Online Complaints / Queries
Open: Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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