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After a two-year Covid-19 enforced absence, Clean Up Laois Week returns

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Reminder that Clean Up Laois application forms deadline is Friday 8th April. Registration forms are available on the CouncilÕs website, or by emailing or phoning the Environment Section at cleanupweek@laoiscoco.ie or 057 86 74322. Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Conor Bergin with Laois County Council Environment staff, John Rogers, Emily Doyle, John Ging and Geraldine Wren and Director of Services Simon Walton at County Hall for the launch of Clean Up Laois which is being held 18-22 April next. Picture: Alf Harvey.

After a two year break, Spring Clean Up Week is set to return to Laois later this month.

National Spring Clean has been operated by An Taisce since 1999 in partnership with the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government and local authorities throughout the country.

Laois County Council and their sponsors Bord na Mona are asking local communities to spring into action and join the fight against litter.

Groups, communities, neighbours and friends are requested to register with the Environment Section to receive packs of bags, gloves and litter pickers and to tackle the issue of litter in their local areas.

The collected litter will be gathered by Bord na Mona during the week commencing April 25.

This initiative is Ireland’s biggest and longest running anti-litter campaign and makes a real impact on local environments.

Clean Up Laois Week last took place in 2019 and that year the county saw 108 groups registered and in excess of 1,600 volunteers taking part. We hope that 2022 will be as successful.

Each year this partnership approach to tackling the ongoing litter problem receives so much support from local residents, community groups, businesses and schools and is a testament to the community spirit that this initiative fosters.

Laois County Council acknowledges the great work done by all groups involved and would encourage the public to be extra vigilant in their own areas, by reporting any litter offences, unauthorised waste collectors, or fly tipping on the confidential freephone litter hotline 1800 32 32 30.

Registration forms are available here: Clean up Laois Week Registration Form 2022  , or by emailing or phoning the Environment Section at  cleanupweek@laoiscoco.ie or 057 86 74322.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.