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12 Aug 2022

River Barrow in Carlow Town is 'littered', according to new survey

Survey found that 40% of rivers, beaches and harbours in Ireland are 'littered or heavily littered'

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River Barrow in Carlow Town

The first litter survey of Ireland's coasts and waterways has found that the River Barrow in Carlow Town is 'littered' meanwhile the River Nore in Kilkenny is considered to be 'moderately littered'. 

Some 40% of rivers, beaches and harbours are littered or heavily littered, according to the survey carried out by An Taisce for Irish Business Against Litter.

It found that only four out of 50 sites examined are clean to European standards.

The most common forms of litter found were cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and cans.

The An Taisce report for the River Barrow in Carlow town stated: “Along the banks of the river there were patches of littering e.g. sweets papers, cans, bottles etc. Plenty of fishing takes place along the river, so this too brings the potential for more litter.

"There was a build up of rubbish in the lock area. A purple container for litter was not just overflowing but a couple of plastic bags of rubbish had been placed on the ground beside it. The majority of the rubbish was short lying.”

Only one beach, Salthill in Galway, and only one harbour, Kinsale in Cork, are clean to European norms.

Lanesboro on the Shannon in Longford and Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim are the only two other sites found to be clean.

Litter blackspots include Blackrock Castle, where majority of the litter appeared to be washed up rather than dumped, and the Ballincurra/Midleton area of Cork Harbour, which was described as persistently heavily littered.

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