Team Limerick Cleanup 5 statistics show litter trends changing

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Evelyn Sloane, 2, Limerick pictured today at the launch of Team Limerick Clean-Up 5 in Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. Taking place this Good Friday, April 19th, the initiative sees thousands of volunteers take to the streets of Limerick city and county each year for Europe's largest one-day clean up. Sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, the event has seen over 360 tonnes of litter gathered from the streets since inception in 2015. Overall participation figures have passed the 60,000-mark and included over 550 volunteer groups from every town in Limerick last year. Picture: Alan Place
Evelyn Sloane, 2, Limerick pictured at the launch of Team Limerick Clean-Up 5 Picture: Alan Place
FOUR years ago, on Good Friday, April 3, more than 10,000 people took to the streets to help clean up Limerick City and County for the first ever Team Limerick Clean-Up. This year that number has more than doubled with almost 21,000 people taking part in TLC5.
Stats recorded by Team Limerick Cleanup indicate that trends are changing. People are becoming more aware of taking care of their local area and showing pride in their County – Limerick is now cleaner than ever before.
105 school groups helped make up some of the almost 21,000 participants, with 541 other groups making up the rest of the 646 total groups.
TLC5 saw 91 tonnes of litter collected, which would equate to approximately 3,600 household wheelie bins of rubbish. There were more volunteers out and more areas covered than ever before in 2019.
However, the total litter collected is down significantly, which could indicate Limerick is the cleanest it has been to date since the first TLC event.
There were 285 individual litter collection points across the City & County, which Mr Binman collected from using eight trucks and crews which travelled over 1,500kms on Good Friday.

Mr Binman, using their routing technology to improve the efficiency of the collection routes, reduced the carbon footprint of the litter collections this year by 25 per cent.
TLC5 Statistics:
Final volunteer number:  Almost 21,000
Number of School Groups: 105
Number of  Groups (excluding school groups): 541
Total Number of  TLC5 Groups (including school groups): 646

470 groups participated in the tea and coffee gatherings

Over 11,000 volunteers attend gatherings to celebrate their clean-up

10,000 hot cross buns were distributed this year