Visiting Longford town’s Canal Walk last Thursday, May 22, a member of the public was disappointed by what she found.
Alongside a bin on the walk, a torn bag full of refuse was left on the ground. Some of the contents of the bag were also scattered on the grass.
According to the local woman, there were nappies, cans and wrappers dumped by the side of the walk.
“I was walking down the canal and I saw this and I thought it was dreadful that in this day and age someone would do this,” she explained.
Referencing the nationwide ‘ Leave no Trace’ campaign, she added that such littering leaves a less pleasant experience from what she describes as a ‘beautiful walk’. “We should have more respect for ourselves and pride in what we have,” she stated.
Speaking about the problem, Environmental Officer with Longford County Council Gary Brady said that new bins had been put up along the canal for walkers and visitors to dispose of their rubbish.
Mr Brady went on to say that “somebody is trying to abuse the system and leave their domestic waste and hope that somebody else will take it away,” adding that we have to be vigilant when it comes to littering.
“If it continues, the council will have no other option than to remove the bin,” he explained, stating that for the sake of the minority who abuse the bins, it would be a pity for those that use the walk to have to take them away.