The Glen of Aherlow Fáilte society has expressed their concern over the level of illegal dumping of rubbish taking place in the scenic area.
Just prior to the Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, with walkers attending the event from all over Ireland and the UK, a large amount of rubbish was dumped on one of the main loop walks on Slievenamuck.
“Not only is this an eyesore it is an embarrassment,” said Helen Morrissey Aherlow Fáilte Society.
“Rubbish dumping in the Glen and surrounding woodlands has been an on-going problem for over twenty years and it is the biggest thorn in our side. We have walkers coming into the Aherlow Fáilte tourist office reporting rubbish and electrical goods being left to rot on the sides of paths and trails and complaints of it ruining the landscape and people’s walks.”
The illegal rubbish dumping on Slievenamuck was immediately reported to Coillte and the resident environmental officer at Tipperary County Council and was cleared up before the Winter Walking festival commenced by Coillte and people from the Community Employment Scheme.
“ Unfortunately, another big pile of rubbish was dumped in the same spot soon after it was cleared up” said Helen Morrissey.
Helen said that the The Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society and tourist office worked hard to promote the Glen and the level of indiscriminate dumping of rubbish was a huge problem and totally unnecessary with free recycling services offered to the public by Tipperary County Council.
“There are schemes where you can recycle electrical goods, plastics, timbers for free and the Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society and tourist office are appealing to the general public to be more conscious of dropping litter, or throwing rubbish out of your car window and in regards to large scale dumping, to report any sightings of this illegal activity to the local guards,” added Helen.