Gardaí have arrested a man in relation to a suspected breach of the Waste Management Act, 1996, after he allegedly disposed of septic tank waste along a road.

According to Tipperary County Council, on March 10 last, Gardaí in Cahir in the south of the county received a report in relation to the possible disposal of contents from septic tanks along a road for a distance of 3km to 4km.

Gardaí from the community policing unit met with locals and identified the areas concerned.

The area where this allegedly took place is a public area. It is close to a school and is a place that walkers and cyclists frequent.

Tractor and slurry tanker identified

An operation was put in place and a suspect tractor and slurry tanker was identified.

On the evening of March 25, Gardaí in Cashel arrested a man, aged in his 60s. He was brought to Cahir Garda Station and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

He was later released and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Tipperary County Council officials attended the scene to carry out an inspection. The county council highlighted that the improper disposal of such material “can have drastic effects to humans, animals and the environment”.

The county council has urged the public to contact Gardaí or their local council if they suspect any breaches of the Waste Management Act.