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Limerick communities urged to spring into action this April

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2014-03-24 14:35:57 - Limerick City and County Council, in association with An Taisce, is urging people all over Limerick to register and get involved in the 16th annual National Spring Clean Campaign this April.

Hundreds of people from across Limerick and more than a half a million people nationwide came together during 2013 to organise clean up events in their communities as part of Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative.

Participation in this year’s campaign is open to individuals, schools, businesses, and community groups such as Tidy Towns committees, residents’ associations, development associations and sporting organisations.

Groups and individuals that register to participate are issued clean-up kits containing valuable tips on how to hold a successful clean-up event, posters to advertise an event, plastic bags in which to collect litter and recyclable material, and tabards and gloves. The Council's Environment Section is also accepting green waste free of charge at its Recycling Centres from community

groups and schools that have registered an event during Spring Clean. Free compost is also being provided to participating groups during April.

Speaking at the launch of the annual Spring Clean campaign in Limerick today, Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin stated: “the role played by local communities in tackling litter is now more important than ever. Everyone in Limerick can play their part in helping to improve our local communities and environment this year and therefore, I am calling on community and volunteer groups to register and get involved in Spring Clean initiatives during the month of April.”

Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr. John Sheahan added: “Limerick is a great place to live in and I am always very proud to welcome visitors here. I encourage everyone to get involved and volunteer with their local group this April and in doing so make a positive contrition to the enhancement of their local community.”

Sinead McDonnell, Environmental Awareness Officer commented: Taking part in the National Spring Clean is very straight forward; set a date and time and encourage as many people as possible to come along. Companies are often keen to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and linking up with a local group or school is a great way to develop links within the community. Being part of the National Spring Clean can also strengthen Tidy Towns applications, Going For Gold projects and Green Schools & Green Campus programmes.”

Ms. McDonnell continued: “All waste should be segregated. For example, recyclables should be placed in one bag and general waste in a separate bag. Unfortunately, it is not possible for the Council to remove green waste road sweepings collected by individuals or groups. Groups requiring additional equipment such as gloves, bags and litter pickers or anyone wishing to arrange for the collection of bagged waste should contact Limerick City and County Council’s Environment Section on 061-407190 or 496200.”

Persons or groups interested in registering for the campaign can do so directly via the National Spring Clean website at or by calling the National Spring Clean hotline on (01) 4002219. Registered groups are also asked to inform Limerick City and County Council about their organised clean up by calling 061-407190 or 496200.

The National Spring Clean is organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Mark Dunphy

Mark Dunphy
Phone: 00353868534900

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