“We live in the most beautiful county in Ireland, and we should take better care of her” – that’s the message from a Letterkenny woman who spent this morning picking up litter in her local area.
Sylvia Shean was so annoyed by the amount of litter she sees on her walks in the Windy Hall, Solomons, Ard Na Rí area that she decided to take matters into her own hands.
“I couldn’t believe it myself as I went along,” Sylvia said, after picking up cans, bottles, sweet wrappers and baby wipes from the roadside.
“I draw the line at picking up others’ dog mess and there’s plenty of that.”
This was the first time that Sylvia had tackled a pick-up, and she was shocked by how much the bin bag weighed after the collection.
“Littering is so unnecessary. Especially now, when we have more time on our hands and when we are out walking more these days,” she said.
The issue of littering and fly tipping has become a growing problem in Donegal in recent months.
Despite household waste services operating normally, Donegal has seen an upsurge in reports of illegal dumping. Councils are warning people that they face fines or imprisonment if they are caught being responsible for, or involved in, the unauthorised disposal of waste.