The cat litter legislation in Ireland has come into force, as part of a new law which comes into effect on January 1.
The changes are part of the Irish Government’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill, which aims to bring the country closer to the European Union’s anti-trafficking guidelines.
The legislation aims to combat the growing trend of people dumping their litter, with the Government hoping to raise €40m for the Irish Red Cross to fight the problem.
There is currently no official estimate of how many cats litter the streets, but a study conducted by the Irish Council for Animal Welfare last year suggested that up to 100,000 cats are homeless in the country.
The Government said the new law would also tackle litter and animal cruelty.
“There will be no litter bins in the homes of families or single adults who choose to live in apartments, or in caravans,” a spokesperson said.
“People will be asked to clean up their properties at their own expense, and no person will be forced to clean their property for free.
The law will also make litter bins a criminal offence, which will make them available to the gardaí, and will see people caught with litter thrown out of their car.”
This law is aimed at tackling litter, but it’s not limited to litter.
It will also be a significant deterrent to people who dump their litter in public places, and who use vehicles to dump litter.
“The legislation will also introduce measures to prevent cats and dogs from running free in Ireland, such as banning the possession of dogs in the home.”
People are welcome to clean and dispose of their litter.
If they do not do so within the first three months of the new laws coming into force the law will be amended to allow them to dispose of litter on the premises of a local authority.
“The new legislation comes into force on January 21, with a new litter fee of €25 for the first 30 days, €35 for the rest of the month.