VOLUNTEERS from across the city braved the weather this week to assist the Environment Department of Limerick City Council in a ‘deep clean’ of the city centre ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
City council staff, volunteers and representatives of local businesses were invited to take part in the clean-up operation, which also marked the launch of a new leaflet, ‘Working Together to Keep Limerick Clean’.
The new leaflet outlines the ongoing work the City Council undertakes to keep the control litter in the city and includes a section on what businesses can do to help.
A large crowd of volunteers turned out to help the clean-up operation, as well as the colourful ‘street litter’ characters, who were on hand to promote the ‘Love Limerick Don’t Litter’ message and entertain city centre shoppers.
Many of the volunteers were from groups that participated in the Limerick City 50K Community Challenge, which was supported by the JP McManus Foundation and the Limerick Leader.
Mayor Cllr Jim Long was there to help promote the “simple but key message” to ‘Love Limerick Don’t Litter’.
“Every man, woman and child needs to help to keep Limerick clean,” said the mayor. “Thank you to all the volunteers and community workers for their support of this initiative.”
Limerick Chamber president, Kieran MacSweeney, said he was “delighted to be associated with this initiative and I encourage all businesses in the city to join-in and help with this deep clean and presenting Limerick city in the best possible light. Let’s make it a clean sweep together”.
City council are keen to achieve ‘clean to European norms’ in the next set of IBAL litter league results, due in January of next year.