Saturday, April 07, 2018

Tidy Towns cleanup day today

Work being done last week by the GAA.
The first official tidy towns cleanup day of the year takes place today, Saturday, beginning a series of rubbish and litter clearance days planned through April, writes Brian Byrne.

Kilcullen Tidy Towns volunteers will gather at the Town Hall at 10am today and be directed to clear specific areas. The exercise will be repeated on Saturdays through April. Anyone who wants to join in will be very welcome. Bags and litter picking equipment will be provided.

"For April, we'll concentrate on clearing any general rubbish we can find," Kilcullen Community Action chairman Ray Kelly noted at the recent meeting of the organisation, which is the umbrella group for Tidy Towns and other community initiatives.

Another focus of effort will be the back roads in areas surrounding the town itself. Ray noted that on one of these, eight families had pledged to clear the rubbish in a combined effort on Saturday 14 April.

The recent clean-up by the GAA in the area around its training pitch (picture above) was commended at the meeting — 'a lorry load of rubbish was gathered' — and the current state of the Valley Park was the subject of positive comment.

Monday night cleanups will be restarted as soon as the evenings get a little more bright, it was decided.

Ray Kelly said in general the town wasn't in bad shape, despite the existence of a few 'litter spots'.

There was some discussion about an apparent increase in the amount of discarded packaging from takeaways, and it was suggested that the relevant businesses might be asked to provide bins outside their premises, which they would take in when they closed.

Another suggestion was that those picking litter try and note generally what they were finding and what its source might be. An idea to segregate rubbish and recyclables during litter picks was further discussed, leading to suggestions on the acquisition of suitable wheeled containers for this purpose.

The rota system for litter picking used last year 'had worked well' and the meeting decided that a similar system would be used for 2018.

New volunteers for the litter patrols will be very welcome.