A local woman has been praised for her anti-litter efforts in Dun Laoghaire after she was spotted cleaning the park.

Zdenka Durajova, 36, posted a photo on Facebook page ‘You know you’re from Dun Laoghaire when’ showing the rubbish she pickup up and encouraged others to be more mindful.

Overflowing bin in the People's Park
Overflowing bin in the People’s Park

“I just collected all of this trash on the playground in People’s Park. I just want to ask you to take your rubbish to the bin or back home if bins are full.

“This is a wonderful place to live, and the amount of rubbish makes me so sad and angry. Please, let’s make it clean,” she said in the post.

Many praised Zdenka online for her efforts, with the post sparking off a debate about littering.

One wrote: “I will never understand why people think it is ok to throw their crap wherever they chose. Makes me angry!!”

Another wrote: “Absolutely agree, no excuse to leave litter regardless if bins are over flowing…”

While another said: “Bring [litter] home. It’s not rocket science.”

Zdenka is from Slovakia and moved to Dun Laoghaire two years ago.

The stay at home mother and jewellery maker has always been conscious of the environment.

She told Dublin Gazette: “I started to live more consciously regarding the waste. I am minimising my waste where it is possible, and I still have a long journey in front of me.

“I found it very difficult here [in Ireland]. There is no bottle deposit scheme, no automates for fresh milk, poor public transport, no water faucets on public places, poor choice of zero waste shops.”

The good Samaritan went to the playground in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire last week with her family and was disgusted to see so much litter.

She is hoping her good deed of picking up the rubbish will encourage others to be more mindful of their rubbish.

“We want to keep our houses clean and tidy, why not keep the same attitude outside our doors?

“People need to understand that they are responsible for their trash. Missing bins or full bins are no excuse for leaving the trash on the ground. Ireland is a wonderful country, it is worth to stop littering it and make it clean!”