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Noticeable Drop In Littering Reported During Portarlington's Annual 'Spring Clean'

Mark Shaw, Anne O’Brien, David Maher

190 sacks of rubbish were collected last Saturday, down from the usual 400 bags.

Over 120 volunteers took part the Tidy Town's annual 'Spring Clean' of Portarlington last Saturday.

The day was reportedly a big success, with 34 different locations covered and 190 sacks of rubbish collected.

Event organiser David Maher explains;

"The nature of the Clean Up has changed over the years. Now several of the areas organise their clean ups in the days coming up the official event on the Saturday. Most of the groups only consist of 3 of 4 people although in some areas this can be up to 10 people. The difference it makes to the town is just huge and the fact we have been able to sustain and grow the event over the last 15 years is really a tribute to the great community spirit in Portarlington".

Despite this being the first official 'Clean Up' since 2019, the roads around Portarlington were noticeably cleaner than in previous years.

David Maher continues;

"Right across the town it has been the same story with a 40-50% reduction in the level of litter found along the road side. In previous years, when we have had similar sized clean ups we have collected over 400 sacks of rubbish. Don't get me wrong - the fact that we can collect 190 sacks of rubbish shows there is still a serious problem - but the situation is definitely improving"

"On behalf of Portarlington Tidy Towns, I would express thanks to all those who came along on the day and to the businesses who supported the event and would encourage people to consider getting your area involved in next year's event"

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