Sunday, April 16, 2017

'Lily White Clean-Up' across county next weekend

Kildare County Council is organising a Lily White Clean-Up for Saturday next, 22 April, writes Brian Byrne.

Even if you aren’t one of those people who regularly help out with litter picking and your local Tidy Towns initiatives, this is an opportunity to do your bit, large or small, in your own community, street, or estate.

The day is part of the National Spring Clean which has been running through the month of April.

If you and friends or neighbours get together to clean up part of your own area, for however short or long a period, the Council will collect any gathered waste by agreement following the Lily White Clean-Up. A form is available here to arrange for those pickups, but it must be returned to KCC by 20 April.

For assistance from the council, bags and litter pickers may be available. A secure location is required for temporarily storing the waste to prevent illegal dumping where waste is left for collection. The initiative is NOT for disposing of domestic waste. The council reserves the right not to remove waste if it believes the waste is not from a community clean up.

Waste will be collected from Monday 24 April onwards. Depending on the number of cleanups it may take a week or more to get to each collection, hence the need for the waste to be left in a secure location.

All loose waste must be bagged. The following waste cannot be removed: asbestos, builders rubble, sods or clay, or hazardous waste. Bags should not weigh more than 25kg approximately and larger items do not need to be bagged.

Obviously, you can also get involved through our own Kilcullen Tidy Towns group, check in with the current chairman Ray Kelly if you want to help, both for the Lily White Clean-Up and more generally with the local group, which carries out clean-up operations on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.