11 Jul 2018, 15.16

The Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment has urged citizens to show civic responsibility, dispose of rubbish properly and to be proactive in clearing up litter on beaches and scenic areas during the summer months.

Chair of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment Hildegarde Naughton TD said: “Today we had a very productive meeting on the scourge of illegal dumping which was recently highlighted by RTÉ Primetime. As we head into peak holiday season, the Committee would urge all people to be mindful of disposing of rubbish properly and cutting down on the amount of packaging they use. Many popular beaches and scenic areas have been blighted in recent weeks by waste some people have left behind as they enjoy the good weather. Not only is the litter unsightly and disgusting, it poses a danger to the environment, the natural landscape, wildlife, can have health and safety implications and does significant damage to the tourist industry.

The committee is calling on all people to show civic responsibility, dispose of their rubbish properly, to bring bags with them to put litter into if bins are full and to pick up litter if they see it. People who pick litter, even a small amount, inspire and encourage others to do the same and they also send out a message to people to clean up after themselves.

If we all work together, we can ensure that our scenic areas and natural environment are protected for the enjoyment of all.”

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