Hundreds of people to come together for Portarlington spring clean

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Hundreds of people to come together for Portarlington spring clean

Picture: Portarlington Tidy Towns

The whole community in Portarlington is being urged to come together for a huge spring clean of the town and particularly residential areas around the town centre this weekend.

This year's 'Spring Clean' of Portarlington will take place at 10 am on Saturday, April 6. Over 30 separate small groups of volunteers will have cleanups around the town and surrounding areas.

Portarlington Tidy Towns are asking people to give an hour or two of their time on the day to help in this voluntary effort to clean up your local area.

This annual clean up has taken place every year for the last 12 years to leave the town spick and span. Three pick up trucks will be around to carry all of the collected litter.

The rubbish will be taken away on Monday by Laois County Council as part of Clean Up Laois Week. Between 150 and 200 people usually take part in the cleanup to get the town as clean as possible.

Co-ordinator of the cleanup for Portarlington Tidy Towns, David Maher, said there is a lot of illegal dumping in Portarlington to be cleaned up.

“We have a lot of illegal dumping, there are whole housing estates in Portarlington where no one pays for waste removal, this is the case all over Ireland and Portarlington is no different. It hasn’t been as bad in the last two years,” he said.

David said that up to 10 tonnes of rubbish have been collected at the clean up in recent years.

Small groups of people get together to pick up the litter that has been dumped in their own areas.

Portarlington Tidy Towns is working with a small committee and this is an opportunity for many more people to get involved.

Contact David Maher at 086347535 to get involved.

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