Over 10 tonnes of rubbish have been removed from a Dublin beach as sunseekers leave the beaches in a mess

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More than 10 tonnes of rubbish was removed from a Dublin beach alone today after thousands of sunbathers flocked to the shore to sunbathe in the hot weather, then dumped their rubbish.

Everyone in the capital was overcrowded on Monday amid record-breaking temperatures of 33C. However, Burrow Beach in Sutton, Velvet Strand in Portmarnock and Forty Foot in Dún Laoghaire were all heavily littered this morning.

Clean-up operations began early this morning and took over six hours to clean up Burrow Beach, where 10 tonnes of rubbish was removed by Fingal County Council workers.

A spokesman for the council said: “Our crews have been working on all the beaches since 5.30am this morning and it has taken over six hours, for example, to clean up Burrow Beach again today with additional staff and equipment.

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

The council said it had put 22 new rubbish bins on the beach in recent weeks but some were destroyed after people put disposable barbecues, which were still hot, in the rubbish bins.

“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 want to remind the public not to throw hot grills in the bin.”

Green Councilor David Healy said the situation on beaches in the Fingal area was worse than anything he had seen before.

“On the beaches at Portmarnock and Burrow Beach this is worse than anything we’ve seen before, even in the last two summers during the Covid lockdowns,” he said.

“The cleaning staff usually arrive at the beach at 6am and are ready by 9am, but knowing the extent of the problem, they arrived around 5:30am this morning and were still not ready by 12:30pm, so it’s a major problem.

“We’ve put 22 additional trash cans on Burrow Beach in the past few weeks and it hasn’t gotten any better. If people can take the trash to the beach, they should be able to take it home.”

Cllr Healy urged the public not to blame council staff for the rubbish littering Dublin’s beaches.

“People are upset about this, but I want to remind them that the people they should be upset with are other members of the public and not the council staff who are cleaning it up. There have been instances where staff members have been scolded by members of the public for the rubbish they are trying to clean up, and it’s just ridiculous.”

Green Councilor Tom Kivlehan of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said the public needed to be reminded that the more waste produced, the more money it would cost them in waste collection fees.

“Dún Laoghaire have performed well in clean areas and stuff and we spend a lot of money and people forget that. Throwing garbage on the ground is a burden for them, the money has to come from the property tax and the more we have to spend on garbage collection, the more money we have to get from the property tax,” he said.

“I would ask people to take their rubbish home and everyone should do that, bring a small bag, take it home, separate it and recycle it. It’s not a difficult job, they do it in many different countries and people have to start standing up and telling people not to leave their little one behind.”

Cllr Kivlehan also looked at the environmental impact this has on an area and how people need to recognize that they are harming wildlife and biodiversity.

“Sandycove and Forty Foot is a biodiverse area, there are seals, lots of birds, seagulls and if they leave food or plastic and it ends up in the sea, marine life is very vulnerable.

“In general this is not good for wildlife, for the biodiversity of the region and for the well-being of our seas, any rubbish along the coast could end up in the sea. We try to protect the area as much as possible and these are just irresponsible people leaving litter in an area that could damage it.

“Most people pick up and dispose of their rubbish, but some people go down to enjoy the sea and end up destroying what they came for.”

A spokesman for Dún Laoghaire’s Rathdown County Council said staff were constantly on site during the busy season.

“We have teams of employees who take care of emptying the bins and collecting rubbish, while the employees move along the coast in a continuous rotation,” they said.

Many people took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the state of beaches after the mini heatwave.

One user wrote: “Should bins be provided? Yes. Would people use them? Some would. Others just leave their junk behind no matter what. When the bins are full, shouldn’t people take a little responsibility and take their rubbish home with them?”

“FFS guys if you go to the beach with something have a plan how to get it home the vast majority would have been locals too better do it guys,” another user wrote in response to an image from Burrow Beach.

A third wrote: “It’s quite a terrifying sight. No respect for the environment and no respect for those who use this beach today or those who are supposed to clean it. Sad to see.”

With a fourth tweet: “Jesus cried – are we serious? And we expect these people to take up the fight against climate change?”

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