Calling all volunteers for the eighth annual County Clean Up

Kerry county clean up launch

8,000 bags of litter collected across the county last year

The eighth County Clean Up will take place on Saturday, 13 April and a call has gone out to individuals and communities across the county to get involved in the annual litter collection effort.

Last year, some 5,500 volunteers were out and about on the day with the support of Kerry County Council and KWD Recycling as well as local organisations like Kerry GAA, Kerry IFA, and Kerry ICMSA, each of which are joining in the effort again this year. Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper will also be lending a hand on the day and is helping to promote the initiative.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, launched the event at Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee on Tuesday evening to coincide with a seminar for Tidy Towns groups in the county: ‘The growing success of the County Clean Up, since it was established in 2012, is evident in the huge voluntary effort all over Kerry in previous years and the volume of litter retrieved over the years is indicative of the larger numbers taking part,’ said Cllr Foley.

‘This year let’s again work together to get even more individuals, families, schools, sports clubs and community groups out on the day to help clean up the county. We are so reliant on our reputation for a clean and litter-free environment in Kerry and through this effort, everyone can play a role in that regard,’ she said.

KWD Recycling will again provide clean-up packs to groups which register at and collection points will be designated around the county to ensure that all litter gathered is disposed of.

Noel O’Reilly of KWD Recycling said: ‘KWD Recycling is delighted to support yet another County Clean Up for the eighth year in a row. This is a very important initiative – not only does it get our highways and byways looking great, it also gets communities together helping to raise awareness of the effects of littering, which in turn deters people from throwing rubbish on our roads in the first place. It’s a great testament to the people of Kerry and shows how proud we are of our county.’

A record 5,500 volunteers took part in the Kerry County Clean Up in April 2018 which saw 8,000 bags of litter collected, the highest ever tally in the seven years in which the environmental and community initiative has existed. KWD Recycling and Kerry County Council completed an analysis of the litter collected which revealed that single-use drinking containers were the most common item of litter retrieved from locations across the county, followed by sweet and chocolate wrappers.


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