Funding to tackle litter, graffiti and dog-fouling in Galway and Mayo
As Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment I have, with my colleague, Minister Denis Naughten, allocated €85,000 in funding to local authorities in Galway and Mayo to tackle litter, graffiti and similar problems affecting communities.
The funding is part of the nationwide ‘Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme’ which supports community and voluntary groups and schools for projects that improvement the environment of our local communities. The Scheme provides funding to local authorities to conduct public awareness and education campaigns at a community level targeting litter, dog fouling and graffiti.
Under the 2018 Anti-Litter Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS) Galway City Council has been allocated €36,000, Galway County Council €26,000 and Mayo County Council €23,000.
Last year, funding for ALAGS was increased by 28% and we are delighted to be able to say that this level of funding for the programme this year has been maintained. Local authorities use this programme to raise awareness and encourage behavioural change to help tackle graffiti and littering of all types, including gum, cigarette butts and dog fouling.
I want to pay tribute to the passion, energy and dedication of hundreds of local community and voluntary groups, schoolchildren and teachers who are taking their civic responsibilities seriously every single day through the many anti-litter initiatives that they drive across our communities for the preservation of our environment. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the National Spring Clean (NSC) which is organised and run by An Taisce and co-financed by my Department. NSC is currently running for the month of April across the country and in Galway alone more than 150 clean-ups are taking place this month.