We have a new breed of gangsters in our midst. What do they look like? Just like you and me. Like friends. Like Family.
Are they stealing from the poor? or the rich? No, they are stealing from our children.
Is it the government? Is it the banks?, I hear you ask while nodding your head sagely? No, it is the ordinary man or woman queueing beside you in the supermarket; it’s your neighbours. It might even be you.
This pervasive offence has sprung up since the introduction of waste charges.
People are burning their rubbish.
Failure to comply with these regulations is an offence and fines of up to €3,000 may be imposed.
It has to stop.
Burning waste in your home or garden can damage your health, your children’s health and your neighbour’s health.
It causes the release of toxic dioxins which are a real hazard for peoples’ health and the environment.
People may think that they are doing the right thing by reducing the amount of waste going to land fill, but they’re not. Burning household rubbish is illegal, dangerous to health and destroying our atmosphere in which ever order you wish to choose!
“If your neighbour or someone else you see is illegally burning waste, then in the interest of your own health and the environment, please report the incident to the 24 hour National Environmental Complaints Line, lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121. More information on making environmental complaints can be viewed in our leaflet ‘See Something? Say something!’.”
So what to do? Join me over the coming weeks. I will look at what can be done and what is being done.
In the meantime, Look in the mirror. Is it you?