Mountmellick pupils clean up

The Mountmellick Environment Group (MEG) new anti litter campaign by got off to a flying start last Tuesday, March 1 with the help of the towns schools.

The Mountmellick Environment Group (MEG) new anti litter campaign by got off to a flying start last Tuesday, March 1 with the help of the towns schools.

Local students who created posters for the campaign were rewarded for their artistic skills with certificates at a function in the Laois Partnership offices at the MDA. St Pauls NS and ‘Green Schools’ St Joseph’s GNS and Mountmellick Community School showed how they have tackled the litter.

The overall winner of the competition was Caoimhe Kenna from St Joseph’s, while her twin sister Saoirse was also a prize winner.

Other winners from St Josephs’s school included: Arianne Conroy, Kimberley Coss, Lisa Coss, Éille Lalor, Anita Nevin, Irene Shagu, Nikita Cleary, Kellie Flannery, Ebony Onalimi, Victoria Igbo, Irissa Ann Lawless, Ciara Powders, Eimear Burke, Mary Cullen, Ellen Hibbitts, Enola Kelly, Sarah Murphy, Jorja May Phipps, Kellie Quinn, Ali Richardson, Jenifer O’Toole, Sarah Daly, Anna O’Sullivan, Saoirse Kenna, Kate Hourigan, Bronagh Kelly and Ciara Aistall. Winners from St Pauls National School were Jamie Norton, James Leech, Naomi Senior, Hannah Culbert, Glen Culbert, Sophie Pim and Iustina Galbaza.

The Cathaoirleach of Mountmellick Town Council, Cllr Ollie Payne, presented the awards. “I wish to congratulate all the winners in this worthy competition” he said and encouraged all present to go home and get one other person involved in making Mountmellick litter free.

MEG celebrates its 10th birthday this October. Over decade they have had great success with introducing composting and recycling to many homes and businesses. Long before the plastic bag levy, they introduced cloth shopping bags.

This year Laois County Council donated E1,400 towards their latest efforts reduce litter. A street banner featuring the posters is in the planning, while blackspots for litter will be monitored closely over the coming weeks.

The group say they are open to suggestions and encourage all especially businesses to become involved. Their next meeting is on March 16 at the MDA, Irishtown. For more information on MEG contact Imelda Carew at 8644005