National Spring Clean Week 2016 – An Taisce

springclean_logoAn Taisce National Spring Clean
1st-30th April 2016

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

National Spring Clean is Ireland’s most popular, well recognized and successful anti-litter initiative. Taking place during the whole month of April and now in its 18th year, the campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean ups in their own local environment. National Spring Clean traditionally takes place throughout the month of April.

National Spring Clean has been operated by An Taisce since 1999 in partnership with the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government and Local Authorities and is sponsored by the Wrigley Company Ltd. and Repak Ltd. The size and scale of National Spring Clean has grown steadily and significantly over the years.

In 1999, 1,732 clean-up events were registered with An Taisce and an estimated 155,000 people took part in these events. By 2015 these numbers had risen to 5199 events with over 519,000 people participating.
Last year (2015), an estimated 500 tonnes of litter was collected of which 35% was recycled. In the current era of climate change the more we recycle, the more we reduce our carbon emissions, so by taking part in National Spring Clean we are making a difference! To read more about litter and climate change, click here.

The effort and enthusiasm of the National Spring Clean volunteers has ensured the campaign’s real triumph and success. As National Spring Clean has become a fixed date on the school and community calendar, this partnership can hopefully look forward to an even greater success for many years to come.

 

The objectives of the National Spring Clean are to:

  • Encourage clean-ups throughout the whole month of April
  • Galvanise the practices of recycling and re-use where possible
  • Increase the number of Events and Participants
  • Promote personal responsibility for litter
  • Heighten awareness of litter and waste issue

WHAT CAN I DO?

Taking part in the National Spring Clean is very straight forward. Organize for a clean up of your local area, to take place any time during April, and register your event online, by phone, fax or post. To register online click on the ‘Sign Up’ icon below. Once you have registered you will receive a FREE clean-up kit from An Taisce.

The clean up kit contains valuable tips on how to hold a successful clean-up event, a poster to advertise your event, ideas on how to make your event different and lots more useful information. The pack also includes plastic bags in which to collect your litter and recyclable material, some tabards to keep your clothes clean and some gloves to keep your hands safe and clean. Because National Spring Clean encourages recycling, a number of colour coded bags are provided for collection of litter that can be recycled. Recycling helps reduce the production of greenhouse gases and therefore climate change read more here >>

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Once you have a firm date for your event you should contact your Local Authority’s Environmental Officer(don’t know who to contact? Click here for a full list). Your council will arrange with you the details for free rubbish disposal after your clean-up.

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