A local rural community is taking a tough stand against litter, ridding the area of 80 bags of rubbish in a post Christmas clean up.
The back roads of Kildare are often the target of illegal dumping and scenic lane ways have been plagued with people off loading their refuse sacks of household waste in the roadside ditches.
The residents of Feighcullen, Pluckerstown and district last weekend organised a major clean up.
The group reported approximately 80 bags of litter were collected, and items recovered included tyres, gas bottles and household waste.
The litter-pick was organised by the newly-formed Community Alert Group, and was well-attended despite the inclement weather.
Chairperson, Neil Nolan explained; “Having litter-picks like this demonstrates the pride that the community has in our area. It’s also a great way to get together to do something proactive for our community, as well as sending out the message that dumping litter in our area will not be tolerated.”
Kildare County Council Litter Warden, Noel Geoghan was on hand to support the litter pick, and a number of items of evidence were recovered. These will now be processed by Kildare County Council to see if the owners can be tracked down and pursued.
The Community Alert Group is working with the council and Coillte to put systems in place to catch, report and where possible prosecute people who dump litter illegally in the area.
This includes the deployment of CCTV. It is calling on anyone who witnesses the illegal dumping of litter to call the Kildare County Council freephone litter hot line on 1800243143.
The group was launched on December 5 in Ballyteague GAA Club by Superintendent Ian Lackey.