September 19, 2020

Pure class: Illegal dumping in Wicklow Mountains decreases by 56% in 10 years

Illegal dumping in the Wicklow Mountains has decreased by 56% in 10 years although it remains a serious problem in The Garden County, according to new figures released the environmental project, Pure.

Last year, Pure removed 150 tonnes of illegal dumping from the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains and compared 344 tonnes 10 years previously in 2009, a 56% reduction.

A significant amount of the rubbish removed by Pure was collected by the numerous volunteers involved in the Pure Mile.

Thousands of volunteers are participating in the Pure Mile Project and this year there are over 550 miles of roads, mountains, woodlands, valleys, and upland amenities being adopted, with hundreds of litter picks and cleanups having already taken place.

The recent fine weather, coupled with the easing of travel restrictions, has seen an increase of visitors to the Wicklow Uplands, and with this, many areas have witnessed and increase in abandoned camping sites and litter.

One area affected over the weekend was the Glenmalure Valley, and due to this, both Pure, and the Glenmalure Pure Mile Group, are requesting that all visitors to the valley, and the Wicklow Uplands to, ‘Take out what you bring in’.

“The Glenmalure Pure Mile Group, and the Pure Project, are working extremely hard at keeping the Glenmalure valley clean and pristine, the way it should be,” Ian Davis, Manager of Pure said.

“The majority of people who visit Glenmalure respect the valley, however, there are some who don’t, and it’s disappointing and frustrating that a minority of visitors are running it for everyone.”

Pure provide all Pure Mile groups with signage, Pure Mile bags, gloves, litter pickers and Pure Mile high-vis vests, and they also remove all of the rubbish collected by the groups.

The success of this environmental community project clearly demonstrates that people do care about the environment, and, that people want to make a difference to improve and enhance the environment.

The role of the Pure Project is to facilitate groups, providing them with equipment, advice, and support, so they can make that difference.



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