On what was yet another beautiful Sunday, twenty three volunteers turned out for the weekly litter pick. Four bags of recyclable material and twelve bags of litter were collected during the hour. The daily litter pick during the week up to the Sunday saw three bags of litter, two bags of glass and one bag of cans and plastic bottles being collected.


Over the two evenings a total of twenty two volunteers came out to work on ten various projects and over thirty hours of work was put in. Some of these projects included kerb cleaning, edging footpaths, painting seats, older waste bins and gates, cleaning litter bins, weeding bedding areas, litter picking and clearing overgrowth near to the Western end of the Regional Park.

In addition watering the baskets continued with four to five volunteers active every day during the week.


Another busy week for the workers covering various other jobs outside of the allotment base, among them washing signs, clearing kerbs and overgrown boundaries, to name but a few. The work these people cover week by week keeps the morale of the volunteers high as they see Ballincollig’s gold medal standards being maintained. 


Collections were lighter than usual with only five bags of green waste being picked up from two estates. The main news here was both the commencement and the completion of the local Tidy Estates Competition.  Well done to the judges for the speed with which the judging and reports were completed all done between Monday evening and Friday. With the first round completed, a second round will commence shortly before an independent final adjudication to select the winners. With the standard being higher than usual this year, the job of choosing the winner will be all the more difficult. 


The efforts made in the estates and by all the volunteers on the streets means we are finally catching up on the jobs we wanted to complete. Of course, there is always more to do and we hope that we were not too late completing some projects for the first round of the National Tidy Towns Competition. The second round gets underway next week and we are hoping Ballincollig will once again be in the running for a Gold Medal.

As always, we are looking for more people to come out and help so, if you can spare some time, please come out. 

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