EFFORTS BY Balbriggan Tidy Towns to spearhead a major New Year's drive to reduce litter in the town has received a welcome boost with the installation of two new bins at the beach.
The bins are part of a commitment received in October last year from Fingal County Council to provide permanent litter control facilities on the well used beach amenity. Although pre-used, the bins were refurbished and can be easily found at the bottom of the viaduct leading to Convent Lane and at the end of the beach walk going towards the Martello tower. 'We understand there is a third bin on its way and this will be placed further up the beach near the path down on to the southern end of the beach,' said local volunteer Zoe Nelson. 'We would appeal to all local residents to familiarise themselves with the location of the bins and use the bins where appropriate' 'We are truly delighted that a campaign that lasted three years has eventually been successful and the bins are now a permanent feature, both winter and summer, on our beautiful beach. 'I had the pleasure of using the bins myself today and I noticed a gentleman throw his cigarette packet in the bin and a small child encouraged by their parent to place their sweet wrapper in the bin, it's a great start to 2013.' The installation of the bins is a welcome progression following a particularly bad Christmas from a litter point of view on the beach. The Christmas Day swim event combined with high tides and council holidays resulted in a significant deterioration of litter control on the beach, according to the Tidy Towns' group. Following comments on a local website the Tidy Towns team members Joe Troy and Terry Reilly proactively went out and collected 10 large sacks of litter from the beach and surrounding grass verges. Local campaigner and resident, Martin Fanning also took matters into his own hands and moutned a social media campaign to get the bins back on the beach.
Balbriggan Tidy Towns would encourage residents to join them in cleaning the beach periodically. There is nothing special required to be a Tidy Towns volunteer, just concern for your local environment and a can do approach! We can be found every Saturday at 11am at our hut behind the Combined Clubs on Dublin Street.