More than 20 Irish Water employees took part in the clean-up.

Irish Water staff joined representatives of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts, at a Big Beach Clean at Portmarnock Beach on Thursday, 14 September. More than 20 Irish Water employees took part in the clean-up which was organised to coincide with Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean weekend which ran from September 15-17.

Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and oceans, resulting in environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. As part of the Big Beach Clean weekend, volunteers are encouraged to help remove marine litter from our beautiful coastline and in turn protect our coastal habitats and marine life.

The Portmarnock Clean Up was organised by local Irish Water staff and supported by Clean Coasts representatives. Fingal County Council also supported the event by collecting and taking away the bags of litter that were gathered by the volunteers.

Sinead Egan, Irish Water’s Communications Manager, said “We were delighted to take part in the Big Beach Clean here in Portmarnock. This is a beautiful beach and a wonderful amenity for locals and visitors alike so it is vital that we all play our part in protecting it. Events like this help raise awareness of the impact of marine litter and the importance of doing all we can to tackle it so that beaches like Portmarnock can continue to be enjoyed by all.”

Irish Water also supports the ‘Think Before You Flush’ and ‘Think Before You Pour’ campaigns which aims to tackle the problem of sewage-related litter on Ireland’s beaches and blockages in the wastewater network from fats, oils and grease being pour down sinks. Every day people flush thousands of sanitary items such as baby wipes and cotton bud sticks down the toilet instead of simply putting them in the bin. Other items that are frequently flushed down the toilet include cigarette butts and plasters.

People often pour fats, oils and grease down the sink which cause blockages in the network and can cause sewers to overflow.  This can create unsightly litter on our beaches and cause serious damage to wildlife and the marine environment. It can also lead to blockages in sewers and wastewater treatment plants. For more information, please visit our Think before you Flush and Think Before Your Pour sections.


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