Saturday, 23rd September 2017
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At the May meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Independent Councillor Seán Reinhardt called on the Council to provide training to local volunteers to remove drug litter found dumped outside of council working hours.

“Drug litter is becoming a bigger problem.” said Cllr. Reinhardt. “Of the six most recent cases of discarded syringes and needles reported to me, five of the incidents were in areas where children played.”

Cllr. Reinhardt said “Although the council response to incidents was very efficient during normal working hours, there is a need to provide an out of hour’s service to remove drug litter or else to provide training to local volunteers who could safely remove drug litter after normal council working hours.”

Cllr. Reinhardt added that there was no excuse for drug users to recklessly dump syringes and needles and demanded that offenders should consider innocent children playing in estates.

He pointed out that a syringe discovered on a Friday evening could be left exposed and dangerous over an entire weekend before the council could deal with it.

“Issues such as insurance could surely be overcome since the council already provided bags, gloves and litter pickers for community clean ups and a member of the public could encounter a syringe in those circumstances anyway”.

Cllr. Reinhardt also said he had contacted the South East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force and they fully supported the idea.

Director of Services, Roads, Water & Environment, Fergus Galvin agreed to investigate the possibility of training local volunteers and agreed to discuss the issue with council staff over the coming days.

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