Customer Care & Communications

Love Your Place, Leave No Trace

Friday, April 30, 2021
dlr County
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dlr ask public to keep our County litter-free

We understand that people will be outdoors more due to current restrictions, and dlr are working hard to ensure more bins are in place across the County. We are asking the public to take responsibility and use a bin to dispose of litter and when there is no bin available to please bring litter home.

Bin provision
There is a plan to put in place large wheelie bins at key locations along the coastal route in particular, and in coastal towns of Blackrock and Dún Laoghaire this weekend and over the next few weeks. This is in addition to 40 additional smart bins and 18 recycling bins to be installed across the county in the coming days and weeks.

Litter collection times are already extended and will continue to be but are also resource availability dependent.

Parks are increasing their collections in parks and open spaces and will continue to prioritise the emptying of bins over the course of the weekends.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour will also be putting out extra wheelie bins at weekend and have recently installed 4 new solar compactor bins.

Provision of toilets
Temporary toilet provision along coastal areas is currently in progress. Units have been ordered and utility connections are currently being mobilised with a view to installation in advance of the summer season.

Bring it Home Litter Campaign
An Cathaoirleach, Una Power, said:

We’re working hard to keep our county a beautiful place and somewhere we can enjoy our amazing public realm by providing more staff, bins, and toilets. We’re looking for the community to help us out on this and to bring home their litter if they cannot find a bin or if the bins are full. Also check out our new dlrBETA Project if you have an idea for protecting our public realm – we would love to hear from you!

We are currently developing a Communication and Education Strategy for litter within dlr.  Work is well advanced, and it is expected that the campaign will start shortly. We are also working with the other Dublin Local Authorities with a view to developing a joint approach to highlighting this issue across Dublin.

Anti-social behaviour
Engagement with An Garda Síochána has been at the forefront of our outdoor operations during the pandemic with Municipal Service Departments working closely with them to manage outdoor areas and public behaviour.

Dún Laoghaire Garda station are instigating a dedicated mountain-bike unit to cover the coastal area from early June.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour are providing additional pier security patrols during weekends until June and daily thereafter.

Illegal parking
Wardens have been deployed to some coastal areas at weekends to monitor illegal parking. Our Parking section is currently working on further increases of this service over the coming months.

Environmental Impact
dlr’s Climate Action Officer, Anthony McNamara said:

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all gained a greater appreciation of our local amenities and public realm. Waste and resource management is an important part of the Council’s climate and environmental policies, and we can all maintain and enhance our own actions as our County re-opens over the coming weeks and months.


dlr are working closely with relevant Government departments and agencies to plan for the safe return of retail, hospitality and outdoor recreation as COVID-19 restrictions ease. We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful public realm and together we can help keep it clean and safe for all.