We need to tackle litter louts destroying our county – Wicklow TD
Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Stephen Donnelly has condemned the shocking rise in litter and illegal dumping across the county during the Covid-19 crisis.
He said Wicklow beauty spots were being destroyed by a worrying rise in cases including one case where an entire campsite was left in one of the county’s best known beauty spots.
Outside drinking during the recent good weather combined with the current travel restrictions had seemingly exacerbated the problem.
Deputy Donnelly noted there had even been reports of children having to be rushed to hospital after standing on a broken beer bottle.
“The increasing number of people using the beaches during the Covid crisis has unfortunately resulted in a shocking rise in littering,” said Deputy Donnelly.
“There have been reports of broken beer bottles and rubbish from bbqs being left on the beach.
“There have also been reports of cases of fly tipping in the Wicklow mountains.
“Possibly the most disturbing incident occurred at Lough Dan where an entire campsite was left on the beach including tents, chairs, sleeping bags as well as countless cans and bottles.
“I would urge anyone using the beach or enjoying the countryside within five kilometres of their home to be aware of their impact on the environment and leave no trace behind.
“Wicklow is rightly world famous for being the Garden of Ireland but if the current trend of littering some of our most scenic spots continues we will destroy our most precious resource”.
He added: “Members of the public can report incidents of fly tipping to the Wicklow Uplands Council on 1850 365121 or report litter offences to Wicklow County Council on 1890 548837.”