Love Westmeath? An Taisce’s National Spring Clean challenge needs your help

This is the 17th year of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative. The campaign is organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Wrigley Company. Colour coded bags for recyclable waste are supplied by Repak.

Every year people from all over the country take part in clean-up activities in their local area. Since 1998, when the campaign was first established, National Spring Clean has grown from 2,000 to over half a million participants collecting nearly 6,000 tonnes of rubbish since 2012.

The National Spring Clean campaign is built on the spirit of local communities helping each other and giving back to their communities with their time and work in cleaning up where they live. This year An Taisce is encouraging community members of all ages, backgrounds, and interests to sign up and make the 17th National Spring Clean the biggest campaign to date.

Commenting, National Spring Clean chairperson, Patricia Oliver said: “National Spring Clean represents community and the goodwill of people who come together each year for their community and environment. It’s fantastic to see the numbers of participants growing to over half a million from across the country. National Spring Clean is for everyone, adults and school children alike and, as we prepare for the 17th annual campaign, we hope more people will sign up, get outside and help each other as part of this year’s National Spring Clean and give something back to themselves, their neighbours, and their local area.”

All volunteers registering for the National Spring Clean campaign are issued with a free clean-up kit which contains information, posters, colour-coded refuse sacks for segregation of waste materials, protective gloves, and tabards to keep participants clean.

The National Spring Clean is supported by local authorities who help co-ordinate clean-up activities for communities in their counties. They also provide for the disposal of all rubbish and waste materials collected. All those wishing to take part in the campaign should register on www.nationalspringclean.org

To register for the National Spring Clean call (01 ) 4002219 or log on to www.nationalspringclean.org

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