Donegal County Council has announced that it has opened up a dedicated helpdesk for members of the public to report sites containing unauthorised waste to it.

The council says it is taking this action following the RTÉ Investigates programme on Monday.

It is asking people to come forward with information they may have in relation to sites containing unauthorised waste including household, commercial, construction and demolition waste. 

In a statement, the council confirmed that it has been, and will continue to, investigate and take action in relation to the matters raised in the programme into the alleged non-compliance with waste legislation at the sites identified in the programme, and says that this is being done in collaboration with a number of other agencies.

It says it has requested footage and other records from RTÉ that may assist the council further in these investigations.

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The statement adds that "Donegal County Council is fully committed to enforcing the regulation and management of waste and is keen to enable the public to remain vigilant and to share important information that will assist the Council in dealing with serious incidences of non-compliance.

"This helpdesk is in addition to the ongoing reporting of dumping, littering and other environmental concerns which the Council welcomes from members of the public."

The council is asking people to call 074-91-53900 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday with information and says that all reports received will be thoroughly investigated.