A leading community activist has described as “criminal” a large scale incidence of illegal dumping which took place near the village of Keadue last week.
The refuse was discovered by local volunteers during a local clean-up last week as part of An Taisce’s ‘Spring Clean’, at the townland of Litra, approximately a mile from Keadue village, on the main Boyle road.
The material dumped comprised forty animal feed bags containing black silage wrapping. Other items dumped included a sofa, electrical goods, household rubbish, plastic bottles and cans. All of the materials are recyclable. The Environmental section of Roscommon County Council and the Gardai were notified of the incidence with the Council removing the offending waste.
Secretary of the Keadue Tidy Towns Committee, well-known community activist Padraig Noone said he and his Committee have reported the incident to both Roscommon County Council and local Gardai in Boyle.
“There’s a forest where the bags were dumped; about 40 bags were discovered and thrown over a ditch. You would find litter thrown out of cars sometimes but never something like this. This is the first time we’ve discovered dumping on a scale like this.
“We don’t know the source of the dumping. What is annoying is that the material dumped (plastic silage wrap) can be stored and recycled as seats and plastic hillwalking posts. I don’t know why people can’t dispose of their waste properly, besides there are regular farm plastic collections at local Marts”, said Mr. Noone.
The picturesque North Roscommon village has twice won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns competition in 1993 and 2003 and has an unenviable reputation as one of the country’s tidiest locations, also competing in the prestigious ‘Entente Floriale’ European Tidy Towns competition.
Despite this setback, the work of the hard-working Tidy Towns team continues in Keadue: “we hope the Council put up signs altering people not to dump. Our clean-up’s are ongoing every single day. We’re hoping the dumping is a once-off and it won’t happen again.
“We have a good relationship here with the Litter Warden and if it happened again, we would consider getting the County Council to install cameras. The worst of all of this is that the material dumped could easily be recycled”, said Mr. Noone.