New See it Say it App released makes it easy for people to report Environmental pollution and illegal dumping
The Environment Protection Agency has recently released a new See it Say it App for Android. The EPA released an iPhone version of the App in 2013. The App has been developed to easily enable members of the public to report illegal dumping and environmental pollution that they see in their local community, via their smartphone.
The Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly TD officially launched the App on the 6th of May last. Launching the App, Minister Kelly said;
“This app makes it easier to point out environmental pollution such as dumping of litter, among other things, and offers a quick solution to address these issues. It empowers people to take pride in their environment and to report these matters to local authorities. It is an excellent innovation and to be welcomed.”
Laura Burke, EPA Director General said at the launch,
“We all have a role to play in protecting and improving our environment. The ‘See It? Say It!’ App is a way for people to easily report environmental pollution incidents. Feedback from the thousands of people who already have a ‘See It? Say It!’ App on their phone has been really positive and we hope all smartphone users will download it and use the App’s simple reporting methods to help protect their local areas.”
Brendan McGrath, Chair of the County and City Managers’ Association’s Environment Committee, said,
“Local authorities welcome the further development of the ‘See It? Say It!’ mobile App. It will greatly assist our Environment Enforcement Officers to rapidly respond to reported environmental complaints. The link to FixYourStreet.ie, which local authorities are already successfully using, will result in further efficiencies within the system.
Local authorities urge members of the public to make use of the new App and to continue using the National Environmental Complaints Line. Their help is critical in assisting local authorities to tackle inappropriate and illegal activities that recklessly endanger public well being and the environment”.
Download the App for iPhone from the iTunes App store here; https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/see-it-say-it!/id573916383?mt=8
Download the App for Android from the Google Play Store here; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.fusio.necl Both versions of the App can be downloaded for free.
To use the App:
If you spot environmental pollution or dumping, simply:
- open the App,
- take a photograph,
- add a few simple details including a contact number and
- submit the complaint.
When you make a submission it will be directed to the relevant local authority for a response. You will see your submission on the FixYourStreet.ie website. The local authority may wish to contact you for further details but commonly they will have enough to proceed with. It is always important to remember that if you have any information that could help the local authority in finding the culprit you should submit that as well. This might include a car registration number.
The FixYourStreet website is used by all local authorities for tracking many issues – including environmental matters. You should see a response to your submission there within a short time.
From the EPA website.