PICTURES: Mount Leinster clean-up collects three tonnes of rubbish in just three hours

There was also evidence of activity from illegal waste collectors onsite

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Some of the volunteers who took part in the clean-up recently

Tullow Mountaineering Club and friends in partnership with Carlow County Council held a "huge mountain clean-up all across our beautiful Mount Leinster" recently.

Volunteers collected about three tonnes of rubbish and waste from the mountain in only three hours.

The majority of the dumped materials was domestic waste. Volunteers tackled the non-visible areas, so they got into ditches and dykes and removed “aged” waste, which is the really bad stuff that has been sitting there for a long time.

Jannette O'Brien, Environmental Awareness Officer at Carlow County Council, said: "It was amazing to see that at least 80% of the materials found could have been recycled or disposed of for free. Lots of cans and bottles free to dispose of in any of the 26 free bottle banks around the county.

"Any charity shop would have been delighted with the clothes, shoes, toys and handbags that were illegally disposed of. Some lovely bedroom lockers were picked up too and were in good condition. We did have the usual tyres present too."

She added: "There was also evidence of activity from illegal waste collectors onsite. The man with the van, who cleans out your shed or takes your waste for a knock down price, and then disposes of the waste on the mountain, in the rivers or on a quiet country lane. 

"People need to stop and think before they use these cowboys, they might save €20 but the cost of the clean-up can run into thousands, which they inadvertently pay for, through their taxes. So, who really wins here."