Three coun­cils join forces to crack down on lit­ter­ing

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

WEX­FORD County Coun­cil is join­ing forces with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties across the South East to tackle road­side dump­ing.

Last week Wex­ford County Coun­cil, Kilkenny County Coun­cil and Water­ford County Coun­cil launched the Road­side Lit­ter Cam­paign in Dun­gar­van, Co Water­ford.

The Road­side Lit­ter Cam­paign is a new ini­tia­tive in the fight against lit­ter on the road­sides. The re­gional cam­paign slo­gan high­lights that ‘All Roads Lead Home’ and asks road users to ‘Bin It, Don’t Fling It’. The cam­paign aims to change at­ti­tudes about lit­ter in the South East Re­gion.

A lit­ter sur­vey car­ried out in the South East in 2017 showed that on av­er­age 100kg of lit­ter was dumped per 5km of road­side; 37 per cent of all lit­ter was as­so­ci­ated with drinks, with plas­tic drink bot­tles ac­count­ing for 20 per cent, alu­minium cans 10 per cent and dis­pos­able cups 7 per cent, of the lit­ter.

The Road­side Lit­ter Cam­paign asks lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, groups and in­di­vid­u­als to bring their lit­ter home with them. The mes­sage can be found on tax disc hold­ers, avail­able free of charge at Mo­tor Tax­a­tion Of­fices. Tem­po­rary road sig­nage ad­vis­ing road users of the Road­side Lit­ter Cam­paign will be erected in ar­eas where per­sis­tent road­side lit­ter­ing is ev­i­dent.

At the launch of the road­side anti-lit­ter plan at Wex­ford County Coun­cil were: Ber­nadette Moloney, Kilkenny County Coun­cil; Cliona Connolly, Wex­ford County Coun­cil; De­nis Collins and Phil Mur­phy, Wex­ford Tidy Towns; Hugh McGuire, Wex­ford County Coun­cil; Cllr John He­garty, Chair­man Wex­ford County Coun­cil; John Car­ley, Direc­tor of Ser­vices, Wex­ford County Coun­cil; Mary Bowe, Wex­ford Tidy Towns and Ella Ryan, Water­ford City County Coun­cil.

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