Everyone cares about Balbriggan Beach !
Thursday the 23rd of June was a warm sunny day with just a gentle breeze, the conditions could not have been better for the eager volunteers setting out to clean Balbriggan beach. Volunteers from the Fingal Green Party joined Balbriggan Tidy Towns and Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce and five local schools to clean the Main Strand and the Blackrock beach. The event was hosted by Fingal CoCo and DHL logistics.
Items such as a dart board, a road works bollard, a bed mattress, broken tiles, tyres, a shopping trolley, beer cans and bottles and 5 bags of general flotsam and jetsam were recovered and then removed to a collection point.
'Its very important that we ensure large items such as shopping trolleys are removed from the beach, not only to keep this valuable town asset clean but also to protect wildlife from becoming entangled in such items' said George Sweetman a local Green Party member.
During the event it was noted that some items had not floated in on the sea but had been deliberately dumped by local residents.
Tom Fletcher of Balbriggan Tidy Towns commented that 'deliberate dumping of building materials and domestic rubbish is an on-going problem, only Balbriggan residents can stop this by disposing of rubbish through official means and being responsible with household waste.'
Well done to all the volunteers who clearly showed that many really care about the Beach area. All the volunteers reported having a very fulfilling and satisfying day and no doubt further beach clean-up events will be organised as the year goes on.