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."

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