November 29, 2020

Pure class: Minister confirms funding for Wicklow Mountains environmental scheme

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed the Pure Project has secured funding for 2020.

Since 2006 the PURE Project (Protecting Upland and Rural Environments) which has successfully tackled illegal dumping in the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands.

The group have been behind highly successful projects such as The Pure Mile initiative which encourages communities to adopt a mile of road and keep it litter free.

Minister Donnelly confirmed he had received notification from the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment that the Pure Project was being allocated €115,000 euro.

It secures the future of the project which was the first of its kind to record all incidents of illegal dumping by GPS.

“I’m absolutely delighted to see the PURE project get the funding they need to continue their invaluable work in keeping our environment litter free.

“We live in one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland but it has suffered from the blight of fly tipping in the past.

“In recent months we have seen horrendous examples of rubbish being left behind by groups wild camping in the county.

“The work PURE do by providing a 24-hour lo-call phone-line to report dumping as well as installing CCTV cameras in remote areas has never been more vital”.

The Minister added: “If you spot any incidents of illegal dumping or you know of anyone involved in such activities you can contact PURE on 1850 365 121”.


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