Emo and Ballybrittas fightback

Emo Community Alert and Ballybrittas Tidy Towns gathered together last week to help in a large clean up operation.

Emo Community Alert and Ballybrittas Tidy Towns gathered together last week to help in a large clean up operation.

The group who worked over a number of hours gathered a huge amount of rubbish, including a lawnmower, televisions, tables and tyres to name but a few items. A large amount of rubbish was found in the hedgerows on the M7 from the Montague Hotel to Ballybrittas.

“Everything from bags of rubbish to unwanted tables, chairs, old televisions and tyres were found on the stretch of road. Both organisations are putting a huge amount of hard work and effort into keeping the village and community clean and tidy,” said Cllr Tom Mulhall who took part.

When the rubbish was collected, Laois County Council had to transport and dispose of it at the landfill, as the clean ups are done voluntarily by the local groups.

“It is costing the Council a lot of money to collect and dispose of it,” he said.

Up to ten people volunteered their services last week to help collect the dumped rubbish, which is an ongoing problem in the area.

“I would urge people to be vigilant in their areas and, if they notice any illegal dumping, please contact free phone 1800 32 32 30 to report it. I want to thank all those who give up their time to volunteer in helping clean up the community. Their work is very much appreciated,” said Cllr Mulhall.