First “community clean up” of the year targets the bypass

4 February 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Tidy Towns Committee got off to an early start for 2011 with a community clean up organised last Saturday. Secretary Emer Brennan thanked all those who turned out on the day and helped to collect nearly 50 bags of rubbish along the bypass.
“We can say that 95% of that litter was food related and obviously had been thrown from passing cars and other vehicles. This type of littering is clearly the greatest challenge with regard to litter prevention and no one as yet seems to have the answer. There has been an enormous amount of litter prevention education such as the Green Schools programme and other local initiatives and perhaps the problem would be even worse without them but we need to work towards a prevention solution. Monaghan County Council spends over one million a year on litter and clearly this could be greatly reduced if everyone made the effort.”
Chairman Raymond Aughey said that the combined hours worked by the volunteers on Saturday amounted to over 40 man hours and showed what could be done if enough people come out and make an effort for a few hours. Thanking all the volunteers he added that a regular schedule of community clean-ups would now be organised for the year.

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