As suggested at the National Conference, Carlow and Waterford County Councils have been requested to expand the trial mapping exercise undertaken over the summer to cover all of the DEDs in their functional areas. The information obtained from this full-scale mapping will allow us to better estimate the amount of time required, and the costs involved for the once-off preparation of Litter Generation Potential Maps by each local authority.
Carlow County Council has already finished the surveying exercise, with Waterford nearing completion. Both authorities chose to use visual surveys for this exercise. Waterford chose to utilise the services of FAS technicians to carry out the majority of the visual surveying required, although members of the engineering staff are also closely involved. Carlow, on the other hand, decided to carry out the visual surveys exclusively in-house.
Carlow and Waterford County Councils have estimated the costs of the entire mapping exercise to be approximately £5,000 and £5,841, respectively. It should be noted that Carlow's visual survey took approximately three weeks for one full-time person to complete (with a further week being required for Carlow Town Council).