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Environment Policy S-ML-1

Public authorities should ensure adequate provision for and removal of beach and marine litter on amenity beaches.

Policy Considerations

  1. Litter on amenity beaches should be collected and waste bins should be provided as well as other infrastructure such as signs. 
  2. Amenity beaches are identified in the Environmental Protection Act, 1990.
  3. Amentity beaches should be kept clear of all types of litter and refuse between 1 May and 30 September (Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse under the Environmental Protection Act 1990).
  4. Although the duty to keep amenity beaches clear is limited to the bathing season, it is good practice that beaches are regularly monitored for litter and cleaned as necessary.
  5. Beaches which are not currently amenity beaches, but are impacted by large amounts of litter deposition from tidal and wave action, should be prioritised for increased provisions.
  6. Litter includes manufactured or processed items that have been discarded, disposed of or abandoned, by intent or accident. This includes processed food items but excludes seaweed, twigs or other biological debris which contribute to maintaining the local ecosystem.