Countywide clean-up on this Saturday
A COUNTYWIDE roadside clean-up will take place across Kerry this Saturday, April 13, and all tidy towns committees, residents associations, schools, youth groups, sports clubs, businesses and individual are asked to come on board in a bid to keep Kerry tidy.
Sponsored by KWD Recycling, the event is supported by all local authorities, chambers, Kerry County Board, An Taisce and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
The event is unique to Kerry and clean-ups will take place on all of the county's main routes, as Killarney Chamber President Johnny McGuire explains.
"We wanted to build on the national Tidy Towns' success of 2011 and so last year there was a one day roadside blitz across parts of the county," Johnny explains.
"KWD came on board as a commercial sponsor and had 20 of their staff clearing the road from the Limerick border to the Castleisland viewpoint which was fantastic and they collected 20 bags of litter per mile.
"Throughout the day there were over 5,000 bags of litter collected and 85 percent of that was recyclable. This year we expect the final total to be much bigger as there's a lot more groups on board," Johnny adds.
This year the Killarney and Tralee chambers and tidy towns committees will take on the N22 between the two towns and will meet in Farranfore.
"Killarney, Kenmare and Sneem representatives will meet at Moll's Gap while other groups have signed up to meet between towns and villages across the county.
Litter will be collected by KWD at allocated points which can be found at www.kwdcountycleanup.com.
Free clean-up packs are also available which include reflective vests, refuse sacks, event posters and information on how to organise groups and where the refuse collection pick up points will be.
Collectors will be on the roadside from 9am on Saturday, so motorists are asked to take special care in the day.