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Six-hour cleanup at north Dublin beach after sand is left strewn with beer bottles and plastic

Photos of the debris provoked anger and cricitism online this morning.

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.

“Additional staff resources have been deployed at all beaches to remove discarded litter due to the substantial increase in public use of beaches over the last number of days. This is alongside the deployment of additional large bins for the public to use for their litter and additional toilets have also been provided at beaches.

Burrow beach clean up Staff cleaning up at Burrow Beach Fingal County Council Fingal County Council

“It is important to remind all 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.”

Vans, tractors and trailers have been brought in to remove bags of rubbish. Some 10 tonnes of litter was taken from Burrow Beach alone, the spokesperson said.

“Similar resources and vehicles have also been deployed at the other beaches.

Our staff have also reported that burnt out bins have occurred due to hot BBQs being placed in bins, despite the warning signs we have in place not to do this. We would remind the public not to dispose of hot BBQs into the bins.

“As well as being unsightly and impacting other beach users litter left on beaches poses a risk to the environment and wildlife and can have a negative impact on water quality.

“In order to avoid litter entering the sea, the planned cleaning operation targets the area of the beaches where the tide will impact first.”

20220719_064437 (1) Burrow Beach this morning Damien Kavanagh Damien Kavanagh

Other local councils have urged beachgoers to respect the environment and bring all their rubbish home.

A spokesperson for Wexford County Council said its message to all beach users is: “Love this place, Leave no trace.”

Dublin City Council has also appealed to people to clean up after their dogs while Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – which cover much of the south Dublin coast -  warned of the environmental impacts of disposable barbecues.

A spokesperson for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council told The Journal it also promoted the “leave no trace” campaign.

“Enjoy beaches and public spaces this Summer but remember: Always tidy up after yourself when enjoying public spaces, avail of litter facilities where provided. If a bin is full, bring your rubbish home.”

It also implored sunbathers to respect and follow the advice of lifeguards, wardens and wider staff on the beaches.

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