This week Highland Radio spoke to Alena Kunkle, Clean Coasts Co-Ordinator for Donegal and William Keogh, Secretary of The Friends of Rossnowlagh Clean Coasts Group.
Did you know?
Thousands of people across Ireland will do a Christmas Swim! Being an Island, the coast is part and parcel of life, especially here in Donegal – we have over 100 Beaches!
Loads of people bring their four legged friends to the beach for a walk.
The Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean saw 46 tonnes of rubbish lifted from Irish beaches – that’s the same as 12 hippos!
Rossnowlagh Clean Coasts Group won an award for their campaign ‘Lift It, Bin It’, encouraging dog walkers to scoop the poop!
Why it’s important!
- One incident of Dog fouling can pollute the amount of water the size of a tennis court. (Dublin Bay Bathing Water Report)
- 1g of dog faeces contains around 23 million bacteria and can pose a number of health risks. If left on a beach it can come into contact with children easily.
Those who fail to pick up after their dog will be fines €150 on the spot. (Citizens Information)