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Wednesday 24 September 2014

The biggest clean up weekend approaches

Published 10/04/2013 | 05:36

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Ballyheigue locals on a Tidy Towns clean-up on Good Friday - next weekend everybody can get involved in the County Clean-up Day.

The biggest clean up weekend of the year in Kerry is fast approaching. On April 13 - 14 community groups, schools, tidy town groups and individuals all over the county will participate in the County Clean-up Day, sponsored by Killarney Waste Disposal. The aim is to get as many of the county roads as possible cleaned of litter before the start of the tourist season.

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The main reason people come to Kerry is to view the landscape and scenery. How disappointing it must be, to visit this renowned space in which we live, and look at the litter strewn along our roadways. It reflects poorly on Kerry and its inhabitants.

Many of those who will visit Ireland over the coming months will have travelled widely and seen the environmental standards in other countries. It is against the best standards of Germany, Austria and Scandinavia that we will be compared. Right now we are some distance behind, although there are improvements year on year, but these are mainly due to the diligence of local tidy town groups who persevere with local clean ups.

The clean-up weekend is an opportunity for everyone to do a little. You can contact KWD at Local 1850 37 37 37 or email countycleanup@kwd.ie and register. They will then organise the delivery of their distinctive red bags, which they will collect throughout the county the following week as part of their regular waste collection. However, you must ensure that you put the bags out on a route that they service.

The clean-up is only to deal with hand-held litter that can be bagged and this year the emphasis is very much on the roads of the county. No effort will be ignored, even if you just take the hundred meters outside your home, business or school and clear the litter. It will all be part of a bigger picture - presenting Kerry at its best!

Níl neart go cuir le chéile.

Kerryman

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