Annual National Spring Clean

The Annual National Spring Clean campaign, Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative, has been taking place nationwide throughout the month of April. Every year more than half a million people come together in community groups to organise clean ups to improve their local community and environment. Swinford Tidy Towns take part in the Annual National Spring Clean campaign every year. We hold our Spring Clean on the Good Friday morning. The National Spring Clean is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative organised by An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. We usually meet at 11 am on the Good Friday morning at the No Name Club on Chapel Street.

Annual National Spring Clean Swinford volunteers
Annual National Spring Clean collection

All our volunteers get kitted out with Hi-Viz vest’s, Tabbards, litter pickers, gloves and the various recycling and rubbish bags. When everyone is ready we divide into smaller groups, each group with their own Scout Leader and Tidy Towns volunteers and headed off in different directions around Swinford. All rubbish collected is divided as it collected into bottles/cans, plastic/cardboard for recycling and rubbish for disposal. The amounts collected each year varies, one year we collected 72 bags! Another year we *only* collected 24 bags, which we class as a success!

Some of the other items collected on our annual Spring Clean include, car & truck tyres, a radiator, half a traffic cone, a car bonnet,  gas cylinders & oxygen tanks, shopping trolleys & baskets and of course mattress’s! Huge thanks has to be given to the Swinford staff of Mayo County Council for all their help with everything collected on the Spring Clean. Of course our Annual National Spring Clean would not be possible or be such a huge success without the help and commitment of all our volunteers, thank you all.

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