A total of 158 litter fines was issued by County Hall in 2013.
43 unpaid fines were sent to Laois County Council’s legal team to initiate legal proceedings, 11 of which resulted in successful convictions in court.
A further five Section 9 notices were served on landowners for failing to keep their private lands clean and free of litter.
Numerous warning letters for abandoned cars and unauthorised signs around the county were also issued during the course of the year, according to the local authority’s 2013 annual report.
The environment section provides a freephone confidential hotline 1800 323230 to encourage members of the public to play their part and report incidents of illegal dumping in their community. In 2013, 980 environmental complaints were received by the environment section - 587 of which were litter related.