Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has vowed to continue to tackle the problem of shopping trolleys being dumped in the Boyne.
Cllr. Flood said “In June, during their last clean up, members of the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service took out over 40 shopping trolleys, bikes and other hazards from the Boyne ahead of the Irish Maritime Festival. These trolleys are a serious underwater hazard for swimmers in the river and can also destroy the propellers
on passing boats.”
It is estimated that over 1,000 trolleys have been removed from the river over the past six years.
Cllr Flood said “Ahead of that clean up I had contacted Louth County Council Litter Warden to ask that he attend so he could photograph the dumped trolleys and issue fines. I recently received confirmation from the Litter Warden that 10 Fines were issued on the back of that clean up, although over 40 trolleys were removed from the Boyne.
But the problem is continuing. Only today I saw trolleys dumped on Shop Street, The North Quay and on the Termonfeckin Road. I intend to raise this issue again at the next Borough District of Drogheda Meeting to request the council again write to supermarket operators to ensure they recover their property before it is dumped and to ensure that any fines issued match the number of trolleys recovered.”