More than 10 tonnes of rubbish have been removed from a beach in north Dublin

It took more than six hours to remove over 10 tonnes of rubbish from a north Dublin beach, a local councilor said, after crowds flocked to shores on Monday, on the hottest day in over 100 years.

Criticism was leveled at those who left empty beer bottles, cans and plastic strewn on Burrow Beach in Sutton on Tuesday morning after pictures were shared online by a professional photographer.


Crowds enjoy the sun on Portmarnock Beach on Monday (Niall Carson/PA)

In a statement to the PA news agency, Fingal County Council said its crews had been working on all of its beaches since 5.30am Tuesday morning.

It said it took over six hours to clean Burrow Beach and that additional staff and equipment were deployed to the beaches after the beaches’ usage had “increased significantly” in recent days.

Additional toilets and large trash cans have also been provided on the beaches, it said.

“It’s an ongoing struggle to keep the beaches clean at this time of year,” Fingal Mayor Howard Mahony told PA.

“It’s a big part of our budget, we take part in an anti-litter campaign every year. does it make a difference I would like to believe it does.”

Mr O’Mahony said bins will be provided and people will be encouraged to take their rubbish home.

“We just wish they would,” he added. “We ask people to take their rubbish home with them.”

Fingal County Council said: “It is important to remind all beach users to do their part by taking their rubbish home or using the bins provided.

“Vans, tractors and trailers took away the sacks as soon as they were filled by the employees. More than 10 tons of trash were removed at Burrow Beach alone.

“Similar resources and vehicles were also deployed on 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 so. We would like to remind the public not to throw hot grills in the bin.

“As well as being unsightly and affecting other beach users, litter left on the beach poses a risk to the environment and wildlife and can negatively impact water quality.

“To avoid littering the sea, the planned cleanup will target the area of ​​the beaches that will be hit first by the tide.” More than 10 tonnes of rubbish have been removed from a beach in north Dublin

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