How often have you been in a car when one of the other passengers have opened the window and chucked out an empty coffee cup, the packaging waste from a takeaway or an empty plastic bottle? Have you noticed your friends or family fling out a cigarette butt or cigarette box?
Wexford County Council, as part of a regional roadside litter campaign with Carlow, Kilkenny & Wexford County Councils and Waterford City & County Council are calling for everyone in the South East to us help eliminate roadside litter. The “call out litter louts” campaign asks all of you who are in the company of those who chuck litter from their car window to do one simple thing - “call them out” on this disgusting and senseless behaviour.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Ger Carthy welcomes this regional roadside litter campaign. “It is fantastic to see collaboration between the four Local Authorities, working together to try to combat this ongoing issue” said the Cathaoirleach. “We are all in the company of these litter louts from time to time, they all have friends and family who don’t agree with their disgusting behaviour, we need to play our part and call them out on their actions. Those responsible for roadside littering are undermining the substantial work carried out by many committed volunteers from Residents’ Associations and Tidy Towns Groups who work alongside our Local Councils to keep our Counties looking their best” he concluded.
“The National Litter Monitoring Survey reports that for Co. Wexford, a whopping 73% of littering is caused by passing pedestrians and motorists” says Hugh Maguire of Wexford County Council’s Environment Section. “Roadside litter damages our environment and our wildlife, as well as creating unnecessary and costly work for Local Councils and Tidy Towns Groups. Littered roadsides also give an unfair and inaccurate impression of local residential areas and has a significant negative impact on tourism in the South East. It’s easy to blame the local take-away or motorway service stations” he adds, “but it’s up to each individual to ensure that their litter is appropriately disposed of. This “Call Out Litter Louts” campaign will encourage everybody in our communities to act and call out this totally unacceptable behaviour.
The “Call Out Litter Louts” campaign runs from the 20th -31st July. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 053 9196000 or follow Wexford County Council on Twitter.