IRISH VOLUNTEERS have picked up around 27 tonnes of litter from beaches around the country in just nine days.
In total, over 250 clean-up operations along the Irish coastline have taken place over the past couple of weeks.
Michael John O’Mahony, Director of Environmental Education at An Taisce said: “With almost over 250 events taking place all over the country with the help of 5,450 volunteers, Coca-Cola Clean Week 2019 has been one of our most successful yet.
“The week saw entire communities coming together to have fun and work together in taking care of their local beaches and coastlines.
“Everyone was motivated to help prevent the long term negative impact of marine litter taking pride in looking after the scenic shorelines in their area.
“I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who got involved, and particularly give recognition to the dedicated volunteers who work hard all year round in protecting and preserving Ireland’s coasts.”
The clean up itself took place between June 1 and June 9, and a total of 3,591 volunteers took part in the process.
The total amount of rubbish collected from Irish shorelines was 4 tonnes greater than that of the previous year.