Bundoran beach has received a boost through the reduction of a litter status. The beach had previously been classified as ‘littered’ last year.
At present it has been listed as ‘moderately littered’. The litter survey was carried out by business group Irish Businesses Against Litter (IBAL) it noted that only 16 per cent of coastal areas and waterways are clean.
Of the 42 areas surveyed across the country, only one in six were deemed clean. 14 per cent were classed as ‘littered’ or ‘heavily littered’.
The change of status for Bundroan beach comes following two previous closures during the summer months of this year over fears in relation to pollution.
The beach had also been monitored by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce over the summer.
A report found that much of the area surveyed in Bundoran presented well and was generally in good order with regard to litter. However, it noted cigarette butts were pronounced and there was evidence of drinking with alcohol cans and bottles.
Commenting after the publication of the IBAL report Shane Smyth from Discover Bundoran said, “While it’s never nice to be on any kind of “litter list”, we are encouraged by the fact that Bundoran has improved since the last survey.
“A huge effort is put in daily by County Council staff with the Tidy Towns team who work together to ensure that the town is as clean as it can be – both on the streets and on the shoreline.
“However everyone can do their bit to keep Bundoran tidy all year round by putting their litter in a bin or taking it home with them and if you have a dog by picking up after it and disposing of the dog foul in a designated dog foul bin. Free poop bags are available from the tourist office on the bridge.”
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