People In The Midlands Being Encouraged To Volunteer In National Spring Clean 2023

Organised clean ups have resulted in the collection of almost 45,000 tonnes of litter across Ireland.

People in the midlands are now able to register for the National Spring Clean 2023.

Communities in Laois, Westmeath and Offaly are being encouraged to tackle the problem of litter in local areas throughout April.

Over the past 24 years, the National Spring Clean has been focused on the message of the collective responsibility we share in tackling and preventing our national litter problem.

These organised clean ups have resulted in the collection of almost 45,000 tonnes of litter across Ireland, to date.

This year,  the National Spring Clean is also raising awareness about how the adoption of a circular economy model, will reduce our litter, and climate impact.

The circular economy is a waste prevention approach to keep resources in use for as long as possible, enabling us to extract the maximum value from them before recovery and regeneration.

Last year some 35% of all waste collected was recycled.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, said: 

“An Taisce’s National Spring Clean continues to showcase the dedication of volunteers all over the country. The commitment of volunteers in continuing to organise local clean-ups each year is a testament to the spirit in Irish communities and I would urge as many people as possible to get involved in the campaign. My Department will continue to support the campaign and An Taisce, whose role in organising this successful campaign each year, deserves to be acknowledged. I look forward to the many events that will be held all over the country in the coming months.” 

Mars Wrigley Ireland Corporate Affairs Manager, Nicola Forde added: “National Spring Clean is about removing waste and litter to protect our biodiversity and create cleaner and healthier communities. We welcome initiatives of the Circular Economy Act such as the ban on single use plastics, the proposed ‘latte levy’ and the deposit return scheme which will help us to eliminate this waste at the first stage. Mars Wrigley Ireland is proud to support programmes like the National Spring Clean, which has played a significant role in reducing litter across the country over the past 24 years bringing people together with these invaluable community cleans ups. We’re also delighted to see this year’s campaign highlight the importance of the circular economy model, something which is a core element of our ‘sustainable in a generation’ mission. Our goal is to switch to 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. 

In 2022, around 150 groups in the midlands registered for the initiative.

With the support of people all around Ireland, the National Spring is hoping to have an even bigger campaign this year. To register to be part of Ireland’s largest anti-litter campaign, people can visit National Spring Cleans website.

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