The Government is allocating €2m this year for a targeted crackdown on illegal dumping black spots across the country.

The money will support the use of covert surveillance and smart technology, including aerial imagery from drones and satellites, as well as the installation of CCTV cameras.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten described illegal dumping as "economic and environmental treason".

He said the battle was well and truly on to catch and prosecute those involved.

Unauthorised and bogus waste collectors advertising online or through leaflet drops will also be targeted.

The initiative follows a similar campaign last year when €1.3m was spent on 230 clean-up and restorative projects led by community, environmental and sporting groups across the country.

Applications for the new funds are now being invited from local authorities.