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Communities encouraged to get involved as Clean Up Laois Week organised for April

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Picture: Alf Harvey.

Laois County Council are asking local communities to spring into action and join the fight against litter again this Spring.

That is because Clean Up Laois Week has been organised and will take place from April 17 to 21.

To participate groups, communities, neighbours and friends are requested to register with the Environment Section of Laois County Council.

With this, those participating will receive free packs of bags, gloves and litter pickers to help tackle the issue of litter in their local areas to see the benefit of a litter free environment.

The collected litter will be gathered by Bord na Mòna Recycling in the week after Clean Up i.e. from April 25.

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

Registration forms are available on the Council’s website, or by emailing or phoning the Environment Section at  cleanupweek@laoiscoco.ie or 057 86 74322.

Over the past 24 years, the National Spring Clean operated by An Taisce has been focused on the message of the collective responsibility we share in tackling and preventing our national litter problem.

By participating in organised clean-ups, groups and individuals of all ages come together to make a meaningful and positive contribution to their communities – to date this has resulted in the collection of almost 45,000 tonnes of litter across Ireland.

Throughout this year’s campaign, National Spring Clean also hopes people will consider their waste output and moderate consumption behaviours that produce excess waste and look at alternatives that will move us away from a throwaway culture to a more sustainable circular culture.

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.

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