A NUMBER of picturesque areas of Cork have been tarnished with discarded litter as many sun revellers failed to clean up after themselves.
The Blackrock harbour area, Fountainstown and Myrtleville beach were some of the areas that fell foul of waste, with a number of locals and regular swimmers complaining that they spent their morning cleaning up after others, picking up rubbish and beer bottles.
One regular to Myrtleville beach said she collected four bags of rubbish on Tuesday morning, largely filled with beer bottles and cans that could be recycled.
“It is disgusting. It is unbelievable what people walk away from,” she said.
Cork Environmental Forum Development Coordinator Bernie Connolly said it was incredible that people did not feel a responsibility to take home their own rubbish.
“We are not adapting to the ‘leave no trace’ mentality, but really it is the disrespect of a few that destroys the work of many and it is important that it doesn’t deter people from keeping beaches clean.”
Ms Connolly said that in other countries such as France, the issue of littering on beaches and other scenic sites is not as much of an issue.
“You don’t see rubbish being left behind in places like France. You don’t get that level of disrespect.”
Broken glass was also left around the bench in Myrtleville, which Ms Connolly said was a danger to everyone.
“It is difficult to understand why people do these things but we are not tackling it effectively. We need to highlight that is it socially unacceptable to act in this way.”
She urged people bring a bin bag to the beach to clean up after themselves.
“Try to minimise the amount of plastic you are bringing to the beach in the first place. Know what you are bringing with you and be sure to bring it home,” Ms Connolly said.
Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard said the rubbish issue on sunny days was an ongoing problem that needed to be tackled by Cork County Council in conjunction with the general public.
Mr Lombard said that social media could play a huge part in the policing of the beach in conjunction with the general public.
“Everyone has phones nowadays, everything is very visible and I think this can be used to our advantage in terms of policing littering.”