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Sunday 20 April 2014

National Spring Clean is Ireland's most successful anti-litter initiative

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN is Ireland's most popular, well recognised and successful anti-litter initiative. Now in its 14th year, the campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean-ups in their own local environment. National Spring Clean traditionally takes place throughout the month of April.

National Spring Clean has been operated by An Taisce since 1999 in partnership with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Local Authorities and is sponsored by Coca-cola HBC Ireland, the Wrigley Company Ltd. and Repak Ltd. The size and scale of National Spring Clean has grown steadily and significantly over the years.

In 1999, 1,732 clean-up events were registered with An Taisce and an estimated 155,000 people took part in these events. By 2011 these numbers had risen to 5,439 events with over 525,000 people participating.

Last year an estimated 1,675 tonnes of litter was collected of which 35 per cent was recycled. In the current era of climate change the more we recycle, the more we reduce our carbon emissions, so by taking part in National Spring Clean we are making a difference! For more information on litter, recycling and climate change.

The effort and enthusiasm of the National Spring Clean volunteers has ensured the campaign's real triumph and success. As National Spring Clean has become a fixed date on the school and community calendar, this partnership can hopefully look forward to an even greater success for many years to come.

Taking part in the National Spring Clean is very straight forward. Organise for a cleanup of your local area, to take place any time during April, and register your event online, by phone, fax or post. To register online click on the 'Sign Up' icon to the right. Once you have registered you will receive a free clean-up kit from An Taisce.

The clean up kit contains valuable tips on how to hold a successful clean-up event, posters to advertise your event, ideas on how to make your event different and lots more useful information. The pack also includes plastic bags in which to collect your litter and recyclable material, tabards to keep your clothes clean and gloves to keep your hands safe and clean.

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