Above: Illegal dumping
As part of the documentary Ireland's Wild Waste, RTÉ Investigates analysed environmental data from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing to determine which councils take waste offences seriously and who is left lagging behind.
By examining rates of inspections, enforcements, prosecutions and staffing levels between 2014 and 2016 the programme created a ranking of the best (1) and worst (30) councils at managing the waste industry.
Donegal has the worst ranking while Wicklow has the best, according to the analysis.
Kildare County Council is ranked 7th of the 30 councils analysed - where 1 is ranked as the most active council for regulating and enforcing waste services per number of waste permits held in the local authority and 30 as the least active.
Between 2015 and 2016 Kildare spent €112.68 per person on waste services, the highest by a considerable amount nationally, more than €95 more than the national average.
This inflated amount is mostly due to the work the council has had to carry out to clean up massive illegal waste activity at Kerdiffstown.
Kildare prosecuted 123 waste offenders between 2014 and 2016, almost 3 times the average and took 424 enforcement actions, almost 4 times the average for all councils.
RTÉ Investigates - Ireland's Wild Waste will broadcast on Monday 18th June on RTÉ One at 9.35pm
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