LOCALS have reacted with anger after rubbish left behind by sunbathers littered part of the beach at Myrtleville near Crosshaven.
Despite signs asking beach users to take their waste home and dispose of it, bins along steps leading to the beach overflowed with rubbish and broken beer bottles and nappies were strewn on the sand.
The Myrtleville Coastal Action Group said they are “disillusioned” and “embarrassed” by the latest littering episode after pictures of the rubbish were posted by several people on social media.
“Unfortunately we are in the news again for all the wrong reasons,” a spokesperson for the group said.
“The council are not collecting rubbish for the next few weeks as they are concentrating on roads.
“We normally have collections on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but that won't be happening for a couple of weeks, it will be collected just not frequently,” they added.
Local volunteers worked to clear several bags of rubbish in order to prevent plastic being washed out by the tide on Saturday but more rubbish was left behind by beach users on Sunday.
Cork County Council cleared the rubbish on Monday morning.
Green Party representative in Cork North Central Over Moran said the issue highlights the need for more rubbish collections by Cork County Council and a move to more sustainable waste management.
"It's clear from the photos that most people made an effort to put their rubbish in the bins. The problem is that once the bins start overflowing things get out of hand and a trail of litter stretches out from them. That problem could be gotten ahead of during busy periods with more frequent picks up or temporary bins put out to accommodate more people,” he said.
"But there's no point in lecturing people because the root cause of the problem is that we have an economy that produces so much litter. Ultimately, if we want to address litter we have to cut down on wasteful packaging and a throw-away economy," he added.
While sun worshippers basked in temperatures in the high twenties over the weekend, more temperate conditions are on the way in the next week with the possibility of showers from tonight. Tomorrow is expected to be warm and humid with top temperatures of 23 to 26 degrees.
Thursday is forecasted to be cloudy with cooler conditions before scattered showers return on Friday.