By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council is seeking the public’s help in ensuring the county’s beaches, parks and beauty spots are amongst the cleanest in Ireland this summer, as the local authority launches a new waste and litter prevention campaign titled Green Your Picnic.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Ger Carthy told WexfordLocal.com; “The Summer months of June, July and August this year will expect an increased number of people holidaying at home, taking day trips and visiting all public amenities in the county. As evidenced from the Summer of 2020, these staycations will result in pressure on waste disposal at these locations.
“We are asking people therefore to bring their litter home with them after they have enjoyed the many beautiful outdoor sites Wexford has to offer, and to use reusable items wherever and whenever possible. Leaving no trace and reducing the amount of single use items is not difficult and in fact can be quite fun.”
Environmental Awareness Officer with Wexford County Council Cliona Connolly said; “Simply using reusable cups and bottles is a great way to minimise the amount of waste generated. It is worth noting that reusables were not banned during the Covid-19 pandemic. Government policy continues to promote contactless coffee and advocates for reusable options. There are many free tap water points in businesses, public buildings and outdoor locations across the county thanks to Refill Ireland. This saves us all from bringing large bottles of single use bottled water with us on our day trips, allowing us to fill up as we go,” stated Ms. Connolly.
Over the coming weeks Wexford County Council will run a campaign on media and social media, as well as several workshops outlining some simple ways to make a difference this summer, while also having many stress free, memorable trips throughout the county.