Last Sunday we had twenty five volunteers for the weekly litter pick. This was a great turnout for a long weekend. The good weather made the work so much more enjoyable. Four of the group began the task of weeding the long bedding area between Westgate and Innishmore junction and in the hour filled six bags of green waste and got well over half the job completed.  The remainder completed litter picks in all areas of Ballincollig and finished up with twenty bags of which ten were recycling. The extra recycling was mostly glass bottles.

Litter picks were conducted daily in the Town Centre area and from the seven bags collected, five were recycling. This seems to be the recent trend, as people seem to be leaving bottles around instead of putting them in the recycling. Something will really need to be done with regards to drinking in public areas. This level of waste left lying around is unacceptable. The broken glass, is especially dangerous to both people and animals.


During the week the concentration was mainly on grass cutting in an effort to catch up on the areas  usually covered.  The workers also arranged to collect as many bags as they could from a major clean up in one estate.


Hopefully the great work being done in the various estates will continue. The standard of tidiness here is certainly being raised. which, in turn, will benefit Tidy Towns in both local and national competitions. Kerbside weeds in various places around estates seem to be the greatest issue. On Sunday last we collected from two estates getting a total of thirteen bags of green waste.


Our appreciation goes to Dell/EMC workers as they did fantastic clearing, cleaning and planting on the Hydranga bedding strip at Poulavone.  Their work made an instant impact and was invaluable.

Our work evenings continued on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings with twenty volunteers contributing to various tasks such as preparing for a wild flower area, sweeping in Time Square, kerb cleaning at West End and in the Town Centre.


Time is running out for the volunteers to bring Ballincollig up to the standard achieved in last year’s National Tidy Towns competition. There is still so much to do – cutting back overgrown boundary areas, grass cutting , sign washing and general cleaning. Any help at all would make such a difference and would be greatly appreciated..

Weather permitting, we meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00pm outside AIB on Main Street. Everyone is welcome to join us for what is generally more physical work as we prepare for the summer competitions. Our target is to retain the Gold Medal status again this year. We are in the top twenty five Towns and Villages in the Country out of over eight hundred judged.

We appeal to the businesses to take some time looking after the fronts of their premises, keeping them litter free and washing the base of the walls after the long winter. 

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