The Water’s Lovely


This afternoon.

Sandycove, County Dublin.

Safety notice following a massive plastic spill at the Forty Foot bathing area and and Sandycove beach. Works by building contractors SIAC/Mantovani Group at the Dun Laoghaire Baths project have left plastic strips used in the concrete setting works washed up along the coastline.

Sam Boal/RollingNews

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17 thoughts on “The Water’s Lovely

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    By 2050 there was projected to be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Looks like we’ve shortened the wait.

  2. ReproButina

    Imagine a world wherepeople read articles before commenting on them.

    Fine Gael councillor for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Barry Ward said “I understand that SIAC has accepted responsibility for this and I can confirm, having spoken to council officials this evening, that all of the cost of this clean up and any future liability will be borne by the company and not by the council or not by the taxpayer.”

    1. Pavel

      There should still be an investigation by the EPA into why it happened and if they were negligent they should be prosecuted. “whoops sorry” isn’t really good enough

    2. Nigel

      Yeah, I’m going to need some close follow-up on all that and consequences if they don’t follow through and slap a heavy fine on them anyway and require a detailed report on why it happened and I dunno, make everyone responsible eat a few pounds of those things.

  3. Jdawgs

    What the fu@k are those little things anyway? Just curious. Why would a site have some many tiny little plastic crap things

    1. jonsmoke

      they are used in the concrete to reinforce it apparently. funny that the Romans managed to make concrete for harbours and underwater use that is still structurally sound today without the need for plastic!

      1. Martco

        its nylon reinforcement fibre
        cheaper than using a steel rebar/mesh though not as strong, it is fairly effective at keeping a concrete driveway slab together tho. I don’t think it can be used for structural work.
        e.g. if I’m laying a fancy concrete driveway I can order a truck with the readymix, when it arrives & before it’s deployed/pumped into the shuttering void I could hand the driver a bag or 2 of this stuff to throw into the mixer drum and maybe even a nice coloured dye & ask the driver to keep the drum going for a few mins just like in the bakeoff cake batter before the discharge, not as tasty tho

  4. gorugeen

    I’d be mighty interested to see the cube test results for that concrete.
    The Romans concrete mentioned above was magic stuff. It was mineral from volcanoes that made it waterproof.

    1. Jonner

      they wouldn’t be that interesting. using fibres doesn’t really influence compressive strength so the cube test results would be similar to that of concrete without the fibres. generally, the fibers are used in lieu of or together with reinforcing steel to minimize shrinkage cracks, improve ductility and tensile strength.

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