Members of Cavan Tidy Towns assemble to march in the St Patrick's Day parade.

Over 1,700 volunteers make 2022 Cavan Spring Clean best yet!

Over 50 groups from Cavan registered to carry out clean-ups throughout the country as part of this year's National Spring Clean in April, making it the most successful anti-litter campaign to date.

Over 1,700 Cavan volunteers participated in organised clean-ups throughout the county last month.

The National Spring Clean is Ireland’s official anti-litter campaign and, over the past 23 years, the initiative has highlighted the collective responsibility we share in tackling and preventing our national litter problem.

National Spring Clean is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce in partnership with local authorities and supported by the Department of the Environment & Mars Wrigley Ireland.

This year, the campaign returned to its usual month long clean up after 2 years of restricted clean-ups due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nationwide, volunteers collected an estimated 2,800 tonnes of litter. Furthermore, National Spring Clean has been a starting point for a large number of groups to organise regular clean-up events all year long!

This year the theme of community pride was at the forefront of the campaign with people of all ages urged to gather friends, family, classmates, neighbors or colleagues to unite in cleaning their shared green spaces together.

Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan, praised the initiative and thanked An Taisce and local authority officials for their input:

“The statistics for what the National Spring Clean achieves every year are staggering and are a real testament to the energy, drive and community commitment of volunteers up and down the country, who come out and work hard together to protect, enhance and clear up our local environments. It’s unpaid, largely unsung and often unseen work that improves the quality of life for all of us. I would like to salute your work and express my gratitude for the hours of selfless volunteer work that help make National Spring Clean such a critical part of the annual environmental calendar here.

National Spring Clean, Chairperson, Michael John O’Mahony, added: “The work and efforts of volunteers, groups and Local Authorities all over the country for National Spring Clean in 2022 has been truly amazing. A big thank you to everyone who made it such a success; in fact the most successful National Spring since the first National Spring Clean in 1999! Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir."

Even though April has ended, there are plenty of campaigns and activities that The National Spring Clean run and endorse that you can get involved in. A few of these include:

• When you are out for a walk, visiting a park or a beach, do a quick #2minutestreetclean or a #2minutebeachclean

• Avoid single-use plastic when possible, by choosing more sustainable alternatives, such as reusable bottles and coffee cups, cotton bags, metal straws, etc

• Don’t litter and if a bin is overflowing, keep your waste until you find a waste to dispose of it properly

• If you can’t reduce or reuse, recycle; know where and how to recycle all types of waste.

• Recent statistics show that, in Ireland, discarded cigarette butts make up for 60% of litter on the streets. Always bin your butt!

• Make sure to bin your chewing gum when you’re done to avoid a €150 gum littering fine and keep our streets clean!