THE dumping of agricultural syringes in a stream in Skibbereen could present a serious risk to public health and lead to environmental pollution, according to a local environmental activist.
Fiona McDonald, who works as an environment officer with a local firm, with special responsibility for recycling, said: ‘I am not an expert but I was appalled to find these syringes thrown at the side of the road at Assolas Cross on the Skibbereen to Baltimore Road.’
Ms McDonald said she wanted to highlight the issue because she finds it so irresponsible, including the dumping of three, large blue sandwich bags packed full of wipes used in association with the agricultural syringes.
According to Ms McDonald, it looked as if the syringes had been thrown from a passing car and some of them landed in the waterway that leads to Roaringwater Bay – a Special Area of Conservation.
Ms McDonald, who was out walking with her husband when she saw the syringes and photographed them, said she also had concerns that her dog would pick them up, chew on them, and maybe sustain an injury or illness.
She said she was aware that The Southern Star had carried reports of agricultural syringes being dumped elsewhere on the N71 and on the Skibbereen to Schull Road.
A spokesperson for Teagasc said that under the Waste Management Act, the holder of the waste is responsible for disposal but illegal dumping is the responsibility of Cork County Council.