06 Oct 2022

'Pizza boxes' the main cause of litter in Carlow Town after the weekend

40 bags of rubbish collected on the N80 in Tinryland from Topaz Station near M9 to Chapelstown

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The mecahnical street sweepers can't pick up the pizza boxes

A number of councillors have highlighted the good work of local volunteers in Carlow for their litter picking efforts but have criticised people who disregard the law and dump rubbish on the county's roads.

Cllr Jim Deane said a litter pick over a short distance of the N80 in Tinryland from the Topaz Station near the M9 to Chapelstown saw over 40 bags of rubbish collected.

He was speaking at the July meeting of Carlow Municipal District and he also said that another recent litter pick from the roundabout on the Kilkenny Road near Munnelly's Garage past the Dolmen Hotel saw a further 54 bags of litter collected.

Cllr Fintan Phelan said the message has to go out that it is not acceptable to litter Carlow after over 60 bags were collected over a number of days at the one spot in Carlow Town.

He added: “It makes a terrible sight.”

Cllr John Cassin asked if any fines came of the littering as it was dissapointing to see given that Carlow is such a lovely place.

Pierre Lewis, engineer at Carlow County Council, said the pick-ups in Carlow were of “pizza boxes mainly after the weekend as the sweeper can't pick them up”.

Cllr Andrea Dalton said locals picked up two and half trailer loads in Tinryland in April and asked if there were “covert camera operations” as it was time the perpetrators are held accountable.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Will Paton said a “tonne of rubbish” had been pulled out of the River Slaney in Tullow and applauded the local volunteers for their efforts.

Cllr Fergal Browne said the Council is spending hundreds of thousands every year in Carlow and if pizza boxes were a main source of the litter then perhaps it would be best to start with takeaways.

He said he wasn't blaming the takeaways but it was about trying to generate a change in mindset of the people who get the takeaways.

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