Twenty two volunteers came out for the weekly litter pick on Sunday.This number was less than usual, with many volunteers being on holidays.  The weather was beautiful and sunny. The bag count after segregation came to eight litter and six recycling.

On Monday morning, there were four volunteers out picking as is their tradition on a Bank Holiday.  Two full bags were collected from the Muskerry Estate entrance to East Side Centre. Litter picks were conducted each day after that from which we had three bags.

On the work evenings, Tuesday and Thursday a total of ten volunteers collected a further five bags of waste. 


Ballincollig has done very well over the past few years in this challenge. Despite the litter pick of the previous evening, there were a lot of litter and cigarette butts in the areas adjudicated.Unfortunately, Ballincollig didn’t do as well as previous years and this was very disappointing.  


In the week up to Sunday last the men were mainly occupied with the installation of the posts for the revamped composting area in the allotment.  This is a major project and will more than double the original capacity we had available.


During the week, twenty four bags were collected from three Estates following resident’s clean ups. Twenty three of these bags consisted of green waste materials. Other Estates arranged separate collection of their waste and the difference all this work has made is wonderful.


Weeding of the long bedding area from Westgate to Innishmore junction was not finished the previous Sunday so two volunteers completed this work during the week.  Seven bags were filled to add to the six previously filled. The bedding area at Clebourne Mews was worked on by two volunteers and this has improved it so much.

The Council have put in a beautiful bedding area around the recycling bins at the western end of the Regional Park.  This has cleaned up the area and has added to the attraction of the popular Park.


Over the Tuesday and Thursday evenings twenty plus volunteers worked on a variety of jobs in preparation for the National Tidy Towns competition which is now underway.  The bedding area at the Old Square entrance was completely revamped. Kerbs and traffic islands at West End were cleaned as well as kerb sweeping on other parts of Main Street.  The Castle Road entrance to Muskerry Estate was strimmed and the boundary wall and hawthorn cleared from Oaklands to Station Cross. Hedging in the car park behind Main Street was cleared of weeds and creepers and the watering of shrubs and tubs was also completed.


Ballincollig Tidy Towns is hoping that all businesses will come out and do their bit in tidying up outside their premises. A daily brushing outside each premises would go a long way towards having Ballincollig looking its best. Anything that can be done to will be greatly appreciated. Also we are constantly looking for new volunteers to help with weekly litter picks and also with the Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Whatever time people can give would be appreciated.

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