School environmental programmes are a “total failure”

ENVIRONMENTAL education programmes such as the Green Flag initiative and concerted anti-littering campaigns have “been a total failure” in the ongoing battle to deal with roadside littering and illegal dumping in Co Leitrim.

ENVIRONMENTAL education programmes such as the Green Flag initiative and concerted anti-littering campaigns have “been a total failure” in the ongoing battle to deal with roadside littering and illegal dumping in Co Leitrim.

ENVIRONMENTAL education programmes such as the Green Flag initiative and concerted anti-littering campaigns have “been a total failure” in the ongoing battle to deal with roadside littering and illegal dumping in Co Leitrim.

Speaking at Monday’s Council meeting, Cllr Sean McGowan put forward a motion urging the council to deal with the growing problem of roadside littering noting that “the littered state of many of the road verges should be a cause of embarrassment to everyone in the county and something we cannot continue to tolerate”.

Over the last few weeks a small number of communities have taken matters into their own hands, collecting over 100 bags of rubbish in just a handful of locations. Cllr McGowan welcomed the initiative of such volunteers but noted that the responsibility for keeping Leitrim clean should not fall on the shoulders of a dedicated few and he appealed to the Council to tackle this “growing blight on the community”.

See this week’s Leitrim Observer for the full story.