Swinford Tidy Towns would like to say a huge “Thank You” to 24th Mayo Swinford Scouts who took part in our National Spring Clean on Good Friday. We would also like to thank all the tidy towns volunteers that showed up to help out on the day.
61 hardy volunteers gathered at 11am at the No Name Club on Chapel Street, to get kitted out with Hi-Viz vest, Tabbards, litter pickers, gloves and the various recycling and rubbish bags. When everyone was ready we divided into smaller groups, each group with their own Scout Leader and Tidy Towns volunteers and headed off in different directions around Swinford. Thankfully the weather was in our faveour, although crisp and cool, at least it stayed sunny and dry!
After doing a recce around the town over the previous few days, when I saw such a huge crowd of volunteers showing up for our annual national spring clean, I got slightly worried that there wouldn’t be that much rubbish for picking up. How wrong I was! Even though Swinford Tidy Towns have a weekly clean up every Saturday morning, we still managed to gather up 72, yes 72 bags, between glass bottles, plastic bottles, aluminium cans and general rubbish.
There was also ( which seems to be common) a three wheeled shopping trolley! It is disappointing that some people still dump domestic rubbish along the side of the road and inside ditch’s. Swinford Tidy Towns appeal again that you dispose of your rubbish correctly, either by recycling anything that can be recycled, or by using one of the many wheelie bin service’s which are available in Swinford.
All the photos from the day can be viewed in our photo gallery, National Spring Clean 2013.
We received our certificate for this years National Spring Clean.
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You had a great turnout for your Spring Clean and quite a return for your efforts. I wasn’t too worried about us not finding much rubbish I was kind of hoping we would find very little. We estimate we collected about 1 ton of rubbish and like your story, there was a lot of it that was recyclable. The sad thing is we’d probably find almost as much if we did this every month. I keep wondering how our countryside would look if we didn’t do this.
Congratulations on your good work
I was slightly worried when I seen the huge crowd gathered, that there wouldn’t be enough rubbish to be collected. I should know by now that that’s never the case! They way I look at it is , what would it be like if we didn’t do our clean ups?
Well done to Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns on all that you have done. Its great to hear of other volunteers and the great work that you do. Its great to have cameras to put photos up on websites, facebook and Twitter. Get the word out there, be seen all over the world in seconds!