Volunteers collect 37kg of rubbish in Dublin beach clean-up

by Rachel Cunningham
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Volunteers recently collected 37kg of rubbish at a Dublin beach as part of a coastal clean-up initiative, writes Rachel Cunningham.

A group of 20 employees at EirGrid, the developer and operator of the national electricity grid, took part in An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme to mark World Ocean Day.

In total, 30kg of general waste was collected from the Poolbeg Peninsula, along with 7kg of recyclable matter.

The rubbish collected included over 200 cigarette butts, over 90 plastic bags and 50 baby wipes.

Other items found included bagged dog faeces, clothes, sanitary towels and plastic bottles.

A tyre, an oil can and a headphone case were among the more unusual items found.

The theme for this year’s World Ocean Day on June 8th was ‘Catalyzing Action for Our Ocean and Climate’.

Clean-ups like these play an instrument role in preventing litter from being washed towards the sea, safeguarding the health of our marine life.

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean encourages communities and volunteers around the country to remove litter from around the Irish coast.

Last year, over 400 registered clean ups took place across Ireland, removing over 46 tonnes of marine litter.

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