Cork village works out it could raise a staggering amount each day in litter fines

A County Cork village has discovered it could raise more than €19,000 a day if it fines everyone who litters in public.

The Tidy Towns committee in Glounthaune has carried out an in-depth analysis of the rubbish found on its streets.

It has found that it gets on average 130 littering incidents every 24 hours, each worth €150 in on-the-spot fines.

Tidy Town Chairperson Conor O'Brien has broken down the figures.

Mr O'Brien said: "You would pick up €19,500 per day, €137,000 per week or €7m a year in our relatively small village.

"Obviously that is theoretical number, but even if you got 5% of that, you would still end up with quite a sizable number."


More in this Section

Plans for College Green pedestrian plaza rejected

Roma supporter awaits fate over Liverpool fan Sean Cox's 'catastrophic injuries'

Charlie Flanagan apologises to Maurice McCabe on behalf of State

Gardaí arrest woman in connection with fatal shooting of Jamie Tighe Ennis


Breaking Stories

Cork Film Festival launches 2018 programme of 250 films

How to make Prue Leith’s ‘almost Thai’ fish cakes

Could this be the most spiritual retreat in Vietnam?

What’s it like to stay in Richard Branson’s favourite Balearic retreat?

More From The Irish Examiner