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Thursday 24 July 2014

Beaches left piled with rubbish after heatwave



Cormac Murphy

Published 20/06/2014|07:09

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An example of rubbish left on our beaches.
An example of rubbish left on our beaches.
Some of the rubbish after the clean-up operation
Skerries Beach, littered with rubbish.

HUNDREDS of bags of rubbish were removed from Dublin’s beaches following Wednesday’s heatwave.

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Up to 300 sacks were collected from strands on the northside alone.

Gardai also confiscated a large amount of beer, cider and vodka from visitors to Portmarnock Beach.

The soaring temperatures this week meant thousands headed for the sea.

“On days like [Wednesday] you can’t try and cater for the numbers of people that were at the beaches in terms of bins,” Fingal County Council’s Paul Smyth said.

“What we would encourage people to do is if the bins are full to take the material they have got and put it in a bag and take it away,” he added.

A Fingal spokeswoman said the council, gardai and Irish Rail meet regularly to develop a coordinated approach to issues on the local 
authority’s 12 strands.

“All Fingal beaches are cleaned by Fingal County Council staff from 6am each morning.

“We always urge people to dispose of their rubbish appropriately,” she said.

“At no time should members of the public leave disposable barbecues, bottles, glass, cans, uneaten food, used nappies etcetera on the beaches, as this type of littering is unsafe and unpleasant for other beach users,” the spokeswoman added.

“We ask beach users to behave responsibly, to remove their litter and to show courtesy to other beach users by not leaving the areas dirty.

“Dog owners should note beach by-laws which state that dogs are not allowed on beaches during the bathing hours unless they are on a leash,” she said.

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council — which maintains five beaches including Seapoint, Killiney and Sandycove — does not count the number of bags removed.

The local authority normally has two to three staff working on beach maintenance, including cleaning, on a typical day during the summer, a spokeswoman said.

“Following the litter on the beaches this morning, the staff numbers increased to seven and there are now 11 people on the beaches cleaning up litter.

“Some of these staff will remain in place until 6.30pm today providing a cleaning service,” she added.

Dublin City Council did not have the information for its beaches at the time of writing.

comurphy@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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