Fourth outing for annual Team Limerick Clean-up praised for its ‘community pride’

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

More than 18,500 people took part in the fourth Team Limerick Clean-up on Good Friday Picture: Alan Place

More than 18,500 people took part in the fourth Team Limerick Clean-up on Good Friday Picture: Alan Place

LIMERICK City and County Council’s environment education and awareness officer has praised the fourth successful outing for the annual Team Limerick Clean-up.

The Council’s Sinead McDonell presented a brief review of some-18,000 people’s efforts on Good Friday at this week’s environmental strategic policy committee meeting.

Ms McDonnell said that 2,000 more people participated in this year’s clean-up, picking up 98 tonnes of litter. 

Mr Binman travelled more than 2,000km to 275 collection points–500km and 25 more collection points than last year.  

She said that there is a “real partnership approach” among local groups, Tidy Towns, gardai, waste management services and the council. 

“It’s amazing to hear on the ground of the trust people have for the system. There is a tremendous amount of goodwill,” she said. 

She said that Tidy Towns groups “would have done recess beforehand to make sure that the areas were suitable”. 

Following analysis of the waste collected, she said that she hopes to see a decrease in what is collected, namely plastics bottles. 

Labour councillor Elena Secas commended all the volunteers in this year’s TLC campaign. 

“People really take pride in their community.”

Cllr Brigid Teefy described it as a “fantastic event”.

“At this stage, it has become an annual event, and it makes wonderful community spirit.” She added that it is “sad to see the occasional rubbish after it”. 

Solidarity councillor Paul Keller welcomed this year’s clean-up.

“Overall, it was definitely a fun day. The whole day was a success, and it really raised the level of awareness,” the councillor added. 

The committee chairperson Jerome Scanlan extended his thanks to JP McManus for his backing of the annual campaign. 

There was an increase in participation from communities in West Limerick this year.