THE National Spring Clean was in full force as model Sarah McGovern came to town to launch the Kilkenny campaign last week.
The campaign runs for the month of April, and 84 Kilkenny groups have registered to complete a community cleanup. Organised nationally by An Taisce, this is the 13th year of the campaign. Last year nationally 5,362 clean-ups were completed and Kilkenny Local Authorities are encouraging local groups to put their shoulder to the spring-clean wheel to work together for the community.
Groups are encouraged to get together to clean up public and amenity areas in their locality which have been gathering rubbish and litter. During last year’s campaign the countryside was cleared of 1,675 tonnes of rubbish, with 35% of it separated out and recycled. Strewn litter is still a common sight around the country, however, and it is hoped that clean-ups will raise awareness and deter people from creating litter.
Free clean-up kits are available from An Taisce, and groups can register online on www.nationalspringclean.org or by ringing 01-4002220. Kilkenny County Council also provides support to groups completing a clean-up by providing additional supplies and assistance for larger clean-ups. The local authority has also welcomed on board Greenstar Ltd who have offered sponsorship of 20 clean-ups that are taking place across the county.