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'Liffey Sweeper' launched to clean Dublin's rivers


The vessel was designed to collect large amounts of non-natural debris such as plastic, cans and bottles from the city’s waterways.

The Liffey Sweeper will initially operate four days a week, sweeping from the upper part of the River Liffey at Butt Bridge to the mouth of the River and Clontarf area.

Fitted with a deep cage, the Liffey Sweeper lifts debris, which is then separated and sorted into designated recycle bins.

That which cannot be recycled is then removed for treatment before disposal at the Covanta Waste to Energy Treatment Plant in Poolbeg. Any organic matter collected is returned to the water.

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