As an Irish citizen, I am shocked by the dumping of rubbish by the residents on Tory island. Information boards for tourists ask for us to Respect The Environment. Tory island residents need to model this first.
I am aware that dealing with rubbish on an island is a challenge, however,other islands for example the Shetlands have a waste management strategy which people could learn from.
We visited for a day trip. As keen walkers ,we completed the full loop walk of 12 kilometers. The section between West town and east town was the worst for a rubbish.The channels either side of roadway were full of plastic bottles, drinks cans, and various other forms of rubbish. We visited at the start of the season, and much of the rubbish was old, so tourists cannot be blamed for this.
It was upsetting to see beautiful rocky inlets on the east side clogged with very old rusting items and plastic, clearly dumps for residents large household refuse. This is not rubbish that has drifted in from the sea. The cliffs on this eastern end are stunning and unusual in shape, a fabulous natural attraction ruined by human dumping nearby.
The siteing of a newer 'official' dump behind the chlldren's playground is in my view, disgraceful. I respectfully suggest that islanders develop a better waste management strategy.
The western end of the island is less polluted,though some homesteads in the west town have a lot of rubbish and rusting items in their haggards. It is very clear to a visitor like me which households are making an effort to add to the beauty of the island and which are human hazards to the landscape.
The island is a national treasure in terms of natural beauty, birdlife and location.
Clean up your island Tory residents!
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