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Area (hectares) 181,556
Population 52,140
of which  
Waterford County Council 44,965
Town Councils Dungarvan of which Population 7,175
Miles of road covered (approximately) 2,700

Phase 1 (Survey and Database creation)

Phase 1 of the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System was the creation of the Potential Litter Generator database. In order to do this each Potential Litter Generator was located, classified and categorised according to the classification methodology set out in the Litter Monitoring Manual (see Part Two of the Monitoring Manual). Each generator was placed in one of three classifications and categorised within its classification. Waterford County Council did not experience any difficulties with this stage in the system's implementation. The process is outlined in more detail below.

Waterford County Council began creating this database in December 1999. The survey was conducted by Mr. David Whelan B.E. (Waterford County Council's GIS Officer), John Horgan (GIS technician) and two FAS technicians.

To collect the information required, two paired teams were set-up in order to make a visual identification of every potential litter generator in the county. These teams then covered every road in the county to collect the information.

In rural areas the litter generators were simply marked on six-inch maps with the same code used on the questionnaire (as reproduced in Appendix One). The questionnaire was then filled in noting the details of the generator site and its classification and category according to the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System. In the larger urban areas such as Dungarvan, Portlaw and Tramore, OS 1:1,000 mapping was used. The teams conducted the survey on foot, completing the area, street by street.

Once the information on generator locations was collected, it was entered into the GIS software package provided by the LGCSB. Different tables were created for each of the generator classes and the details from the questionnaire were connected to these points.

The Visual Survey was completed in 21 working days and approximately 2700 miles of road were surveyed. There were 867 Potential Litter Generators identified. The cost of the survey to Waterford County Council was almost £5500. The data inputting process took twenty person/days after the survey was completed, at a cost of approximately £1000.

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