North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ Shea is encouraging everyone to get involved in An Taisce’s Spring Clean Campaign over the month of April. Registration for this year’s campaign is now open and any volunteers who wish to order a clean-up kit can do so online at www.nationalspringclean.org
Over 400 community and voluntary groups from County Cork register annually to take part in the Campaign which will sees a vast improvement in the challenge that is roadside litter. Cork County Council staff will also be on hand to assist communities with the disposal of the litter collected during the Campaign. Rubbish bags, gloves, litter pickers and bibs will be delivered once registered by An Taisce in preparation for the Spring Clean.
Commenting on the National Spring Clean Campaign for 2018, Cllr. O’ Shea said “Roadside litter is still a serious problem in our County and is a scourge to the many Tidy Town Committees, Development Associations and Community Councils who are working tirelessly on a weekly basis to keep their towns and villages clean. This campaign which has grown in strength in recent years is an opportunity for communities to join together and work in partnership with Cork County Council in the battle against litter. It is also an ideal opportunity to meet your neighbours and enjoy the social aspect of the campaign”.
The National Spring Clean campaign is organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government but supported at local level by Local Authorities who support the local clean-up and litter disposal. Since its inception, National Spring Clean has seen communities from all parts of the country mark the onset of spring and the longer evenings with clean-up activities in their communities. Annual participation has grown to almost 4,000 community groups with 500,000 participants nationwide.
Cllr. O’ Shea added: “It is also very welcoming to see many schools within the County registering this year. Our children are our future and educating them at a young age not to litter is very important for the environmental future of our County and they will in turn teach their parents/guardians of the importance of a clean environment.”
When volunteers register for National Spring Clean they receive a clean-up kit containing: Protective tabards for adults and children to keep your clothes clean, colour coded plastic bags for recyclable and non-recyclable waste, and gloves to keep your hands safe and clean.