THE Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan, was joined by Alex Attwood, MLA, Minister for the Environment, Northern Ireland, to launch a major all island anti-litter initiative this Spring. An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, Ireland’s longest running anti-litter programme, takes place throughout the month of April and this year the Big Clean Up in Northern Ireland will join in to host the biggest ever all-island clean up.
The campaign runs throughout April every year with clean-up events taking place in towns and communities all over the country. Last year, more than half-a-million people organised clean-up events all over the country as part of the initiative and already thousands of people have registered for this year’s campaign.
This year, North Tipperary County Council will once again be providing a clean-up kit to groups that register with An Taisce. This pack includes gloves, refuse sacks, litter pickers and high visibility vests. Taking part in the National Spring Clean is very straight forward. Organise for a clean-up of your local area, which can take place any time during April, and register your event with An Taisce by phone on 01-4002220 or online at www.nationalspringclean.org Once you have registered, contact the Community and Enterprise Section of North Tipperary County Council on 067-44784 for your clean-up materials and to ensure that your collected rubbish is properly disposed of.
By volunteering for the National Spring Clean campaign, residents are actively helping to make and keep the local environment a cleaner and more enjoyable place to work and/or live in.
Deirdre Cox, environmental awareness officer, said: “We all have a responsibility for litter and we are now taking action against it. Last year, a large number of Tidy Towns groups, residents association, sporting association, school, youth club etc got involved. You don’t have to be a member of a voluntary group however - just gather your friends and neighbours and decide on an area to clean.”