Environmental Awareness Week was launched in St Stephen's Green in Dublin with 500 events ranging from walking and tree-planting to guided tours and exhibitions taking place around the country.
Fergus O’Gorman of the Irish Wildlife Federation believes the onus is on everybody to protect and care for the environment,
It’s not the government, it’s not the local corporation, or whatever it is, it’s up to every single one of us.
Environmental Awareness Week coincides with a Dublin Corporation operatives strike which shows no sign of resolution. As refuse is not being collected, the general public must bring their own rubbish to official dumps.
But not all householders can do this and residents of St Teresa's Gardens in Dolphin's Barn are having to dump their refuse on the road. Meanwhile in the Ballymun flats complex, residents are burning their waste, but it is still accumulating under the rubbish chutes and poses a serious health hazard.
An RTÉ News report by Conor Fennell broadcast on 3 June 1986.