Litter and Domestic Waste

This page relates to litter, illegal dumping and litter awareness

Domestic Waste

We no longer provide a domestic waste service. Collections in Fingal are carried out by licenced waste service providers. However, you can still be held responsible for any litter that occurs as a result of an overfilled bin, and could be liable for a fine of €150. You can read more about this in our  Presentation and Storage of Waste Bye-Laws 2006 document.

From the 1st of July 2016 householders will be charged by their waste collector based on the weight of household waste they produce, with a system called Pay By Weight (PBW). There will be two elements to the charge;

  • A fixed service charge (for the provision of the service)
  • A weight charge (based on the weight type)

For more information please see the Eastern Midlands Waste Region website. 

Littering

All littering offences can be reported to the Litter Management Unit on our Free Phone number 1800 20 10 93 or you can contact us between  9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and between 9:00am and 4:30pm on Friday or you can email: environment@fingal.ie

If you see someone littering or dumping rubbish a litter fine can be issued on foot of your report. If the fine remains unpaid we will pursue the matter in the District Court where a Judge will make an independent ruling. To get a prosecution in court, you will be requested to act as a witness.

Please complete the Witness Statement Form , while the incident is fresh in your memory and return it to the Litter Management Unit as soon as possible.

Fingal Litter Management Plan 2012-2015 was adopted by the Full Council on the 10th December 2012. The Plan covers the following:  

  • litter prevention, awareness and education
  • enforcement measures to prevent and control litter
  • litter management operations 
  • implementation and monitoring.  

Litter Fines

The Council employs six Litter Wardens whose duties include:

  • investigation and prosecution of illegal dumping
  • issuing of on-the-spot fines for litter offences
  • prosecution of serious offences through the courts

The current on-the-spot fine for littering under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997 - 2003, is €150.00. If the matter is brought to the District Court and the offender is found guilty, the maximum fine can be up to €3,000.00.

Fines can be issued for a number of reasons, including

  • if you drop litter in a public place
  • if you do not keep your front garden and any footpath adjoining your house free from litter
  • if you put out bags or put your bin out in a manner that could cause litter - so be careful in the way you put out your rubbish for collection
  • allowing your dog to foul in a public place and not cleaning up afterwards (see page on Dog Control)

Appealing a Litter Fine

If you feel that your fine was unfair or mistaken, you can lodge an appeal using the  Appeals should be lodged within 21 days of receiving the fine.  A decision on the appeal will be notified to you within 21 days of receipt of the appeal.  Appeal Against Litter Fine

Illegal Waste Activity 

If you suspect that any illegal waste activity is taking place at a site or location in Fingal you should contact us on free phone 1800 2010 93 or email environment@fingal.ie.  If you want to make a complaint about Environmental Protection please use the following form.

  Illegal Dumping and Pollution Complaint Form

Members of the public can also report illegal dumping to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) via a 24 hour Lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121.

Litter Awareness

Fingal County Council actively participates and provides support and encouragement to communities to become involved in local clean-ups. If any individual or community group would like to organise a cleanup, or get advice about organising cleanups at any time during the year, they should contact the Operations sections at the following numbers:

Howth/Malahide Operations  at  (01) 890 5946

Castleknock/Mulhuddart at (01) 890 5934

Balbriggan/Swords at (01) 890 5935

Operations staff will arrange for the bags to be delivered and for collection of rubbish, after the work has been completed.