Limerick is tonnes of litter lighter after TLC5

Ryan O'Rourke

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Limerick is tonnes of litter lighter after TLC5

JP McManus, Mayor James Collins, Paul O'Connell, Joy Neville and Roisin Upton pictured at TLC5

Over 21,174 volunteers collected 91 tonnes of litter during this year’s Team Limerick Clean-up 5.

This year’s clean-up saw more volunteers out and more areas covered than ever before

However, the total litter collected in 2019 is down significantly from previous years, which organisers says is due to Limerick being cleaner thanks to those previous efforts and an overall improvement in the culture.

In total, there were 285 individual litter collection points across the city and county, from which Mr Binman collected using eight trucks.

Crews from Mr Binman travelled over 1,500kms on Good Friday.

Using their routing technology to improve the efficiency of the collection routes,  they reduced the carbon footprint of the litter collections this year by 25%.

A study is currently taking place taking place on the litter collected from TLC5 .

This will be done under the control of Limerick City and County Council which will help understand what are the main objects and items littering the city and county.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, sponsor JP McManus spoke about his pride for Limerick city and county, as thousands turned out to play their part in cleaning up their communities.

“I am proud, I always am. We are here today to celebrate our fifth year, and to acknowledge the 20,000 people who have come out today, including a lot of young people.

“A lot of people have given up their Good Friday morning so we have a cleaner and healthier environment,” said Mr McManus.

“To think this time last year, we were out tidying, and Limerick hadn’t won an All-Ireland since 1973.

“You can really feel the extra energy and excitement about the place here today, particularly with the hurlers out in force, too.”