A significant amount of household waste and other rubbish has been discarded at the recycling facility in Frenchpark, angering local community volunteers and residents. Bottle bank facilities have seen a significant increase in usage all across Ireland since the lockdown as almost all food and drink consumption is now taking place in the home instead of out and about, but local authorities have asked that people bring away any bottles or cans that can’t fit in the existing banks, and to notify them if any need emptying.
They have been adamant that people are not to leave cardboard or plastic containers at the site, not to leave bottles that beside overflowing banks, and certainly not to leave household waste – however this tweet from @FRoscommon would suggest that this guidance has not been followed in Frenchpark.
Really sad to see this daily in our little village. Dumping & littering has become the norm now. It’s has almost become acceptable. Why are people not being convicted? Why have societal norms degraded so much?? #community #StayHome pic.twitter.com/K7zoKgO7WA
— Frenchpark, Co.Roscommon (@FRoscommon) May 30, 2020
Roscommon County Council have also asked local residents to be on the lookout for illegal dumping, which has been on the rise since the lockdown, and to notify them of any instances that may arise.
Local Authorities are recording an increase in calls reporting illegal dumping since #COVID19 restrictions.
— Roscommon Co. Co. (@roscommoncoco) May 16, 2020