Posts Tagged ‘litter’

Litter, litter everywhere – come and see our litter

March 14, 2010

This country is being totally destroyed with the amount of litter building up along roads and in other public areas.  The longer we fail to address this issue, the worse it becomes.

I recently paid a visit to a local school in Bandon at 2pm as the post lunch bell was ringing.  The playground was covered in litter and while the students wandered back to class, a school employee was hard at work armed with a litter picker and a black sack.  This said it all.  The students do not care about the state of their surroundings and furthermore, they are not being taught to clean up.

National Spring Clean month in April is an attempt to bring litter under control. In my locality the primary schools are all willing participants in this project but very few of the secondary schools volunteer to take part. Far more assistance is required to bring litter under control.  A nationwide TV and school campaign is required.   Litter fines should exist. Hit the pocket and people will quickly pay attention.


An American family’s first impressions of South West Ireland

April 16, 2008

A family of four Americans from Ohio having been staying with us over the past three days.  It is their first trip to Ireland.  They asked four interesting questions:-

1.  How come none of the public pay phones work yet we were able to buy a calling card.  How are we supposed to use the card?

2.  How come we can find no public toilets or else if we do, they have no toilet seats, paper etc etc.

3.  Why is there so much litter everywhere?

4.  How come the signs on the signpost at the bottom of your street have miles pointing towards Bantry, Enniskeane etc and kilometres pointing towards Macroom on the same signpost.  Have you divided up the country so that some places are still in miles and some in kilometres?

The answers are of course obvious to those of us who live here namely,

1.  the public phones probably don’t work because everybody has a mobile

2.  I doubt any locals use the public loos except those in shopping centres

3.  Pay by weight as we all know is a total fiasco.  Give people an option whether to pay for their garbage collection or not and they will choose not to pay!  I suspect that a scarey number of people in this country do not subscribe to a refuse collection facility.  Many can’t even be bothered to recycle so put their garbage in bags and drive to the nearest forest, farm, quiet laneway, grave yard etc and dump their bags.  I can take anybody who wants on a tour of our area to take a look at mountains and mountains of garbage dumped a mile or two away from the town.  Forget a tax amnesty, we should be campaigning for a litter amnesty.  We are destroying our country.

4.  Kilometres and mile signs.  The government promised us that when we changed over to kilometres, they would change the signs but sadly now the celtic tiger isn’t roaring quite as loud and tax receipts are down so we can forget any improvement in signeage.  GPS will become an essential piece of equipment in any car in the future.

Bandon Tidy Towns Major Community Spring Clean – 25th and 26th April, 2008

April 2, 2008

Bandon has been receiving a great deal of media attention because of the vast amount of rubbish that has been dumped around the town.  The Tidy Towns Committee is making a major effort to address this situation by once again organizing a major community Spring Clean on Friday, 25th and Saturday, 26th April, 2008.

We hope that all the schools will actively participate like last year on Friday, 25th April and that anybody in the town who is free on Saturday, 26th April will help us out.  Bags, gloves etc will be provided and the Tidy Towns Committee will arrange with the groups tidying the town to have the bags picked up after they have been filled.  Please spread the word and get in touch with us on  We need an enormous amount of help to clear up all the rubbish.

We are a very small committee and are urgently looking for new recruits.  Even one outing a year would greatly help.  We meet on Tuesday nights and are easy to spot around town with our florescent jackets!!

The flower beds around town all have to be weeded and the shrubs pruned, hydrangeas dead headed, summer flowers planted etc etc!!  It doesn’t happen on its own so please, please help us out if you can!!!! We need more volunteers