Another large-scale Pure Mile Cleanup of the South Dublin Uplands resulted in the removal of over 30 bags of rubbish from the environment.  On Saturday 22nd August, The Glenasmole Pure Mile Group, braved the unsettled mountain weather cleaning miles of South Dublin upland roads, including, Piperstown, Cunard, Castle Kelly, and Glenasmole, removing a considerable amount of unsightly litter and illegally dumped waste from this beautiful and scenic landscape.


Similar to previous Pure Mile Cleanups of the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands, The Pure Truck concentrated its efforts on removing the larger dumped items, including, tyres, domestic waste, electrical appliances, couches, furniture, mattresses, chairs, and other household waste.

Pure Manager, Ian Davis, commented, ‘I would like to thank all of the Pure Mile Groups who have assisted Pure this year in organising litter picks and cleanups of the South Dublin Uplands, which is a unique landscape and environment, that attracts thousands of visitors annually.  The recent Glenasmole Pure Mile cleanup makes a huge difference to the appearance of the South Dublin Uplands and without the assistance of these volunteers we would never be able to organise litter picking of the roads and environment.’


Thousands of volunteers are participating in the 2020 Pure Mile Project and this year there are now over 600 miles of roads, mountains, woodlands, valleys, and upland amenities being adopted, with hundreds of litter picks and cleanups having already taken place, and thousands of bags of rubbish removed the environment.

A member of the Glenasmole Pure Mile, Alan Edge, Commented, ‘I’m lucky enough to represent the beautiful Glenasmole Valley which is also my home and sadly, littering and illegal dumping are by far the most common local issues I deal with week in, week out. It’s hard to imagine what goes through the minds of people who abuse and pollute such a beautiful and pristine natural environment. However, we’ve a great community here and people from near and far are always ready to lend a hand. On Saturday’s clean-up, eager locals were joined by selfless volunteers from the Litter Mugs and Dodder Action all prepared to give of their free time and brave the downpours to help undo the damage of a selfish few. I hope that through supporting the trojan work of The Pure Mile, we can keep our unique little part of the world clean and beautiful and get the message out there that littering and dumping simply won’t be tolerated’. 

Pure provide all Pure Mile groups with signage, Pure Mile bags, gloves, litter pickers and Pure Mile high-vis vests, and they also remove all of the rubbish collected by the groups.  Anyone interested in the Pure Mile Project can request an application form and information pack by emailing or log on to

Pure is a partnership project and the first of its kind in Ireland which incorporates statutory and non-statutory organisations, including; South Dublin County Council, Wicklow County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Coillte, National Parks & Wildlife Service, and the Wicklow Uplands CouncilFunded by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Pure wasestablished to combat illegal dumping/fly-tipping in the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands and was officially launched in September 2006.

TO REPORT DUMPERS AND DUMPING lo–call 1850 365 121

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Sarah has worked in marketing and content creation for many years. In her role at Newsgroup, she is the online editor of with a particular interest in local news and events. Sarah also works closely with our editorial team on our printed editions in Tallaght, Lucan, Clondalkin and Rathcoole/Saggart. If you have a story and would like to make contact please email Sarah at


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