FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL has urged beachgoers to take their rubbish home following a six-hour cleanup at Burrow Beach in north Dublin.
The beach in Sutton, also known as the Hole in the Wall beach, was packed with sunbathers and swimmers over the weekend, and many left litter such as beer bottles, shopping bags and takeaway coffee cups.
A spokesperson for Fingal County Council said its took staff six hours to clean up Burrow Beach today.
The council said extra staff have been put on duty at all beaches to remove discarded litter due to the “substantial use” in the public use of beaches in recent days. It has also put out additional large bins and toilets.
The council urged “beach users to play their part by bringing their rubbish home or using the bins provided”.
“Our crews have been working since 5.30 am this morning at all beaches and by way of example, it has taken over 6 hours to clean Burrow Beach again today with additional staff and equipment.”
While many reacting to photographs on social media blame the litter on the lack of bins, local Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan said a combination of extra resources and personal responsibility would make a difference in keeping the beaches clean.
Irish Business Against Litter’s (Ibal) Conor Horgan said that beachgoers need to be responsible and take their rubbish home when no bins are available.
“What we have to combat is that unlike on the continent, going to the beach in Ireland tends to be an occasional event for families and they don’t always prepare well,” said Mr Horgan. “That means that they don’t prepare to take their rubbish home with them. That’s the message that needs to get through.”
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