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Portarlington’s Spring Clean a big success as big drop in litter levels recorded

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The Tidy Town’s ‘Spring Clean’ of Portarlington on Saturday April 23 was a big success.

Over 120 volunteers took part at 34 different locations across the town and surrounding areas with 190 sacks of rubbish collected.

Event organiser David Maher said: “The nature of the Clean Up has changed over the years.

“Now several of the areas organise their clean ups in the days coming up the official event on the Saturday.

“Most of the groups only consist of 3 of 4 people although in some areas this can be up to 10 people.

“The difference it makes to the town is just huge and the fact we have been able to sustain and grow the event over the last 15 years is really a tribute to the great community spirit in Portarlington.”

Another very positive development is that even though it is the first time since 2019 the Clean Up has been run, the roads around Portarlington were noticeable cleaner than in previous years – which is indeed good news.

David Maher said: “Right across the town it has been the same story with a 40-50% reduction in the level of litter found along the road side.

“In previous years when we have had similar sized clean ups we have collected over 400 sacks of rubbish.

“Don’t get me wrong – the fact that we can collect 190 sacks of rubbish shows there is still a serious problem – but the situation is definitely improving”

Maher concluded: “On behalf of Portarlington Tidy Towns, I would express thanks to all those who came along on the day and to the businesses who supported the event and would encourage people to consider getting your area involved in next year’s event.”

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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.