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Seventh Kerry County Clean-up day is launched

The annual County Clean-Up Day has been launched and everyone in the county is being asked to get involved and play their part. Now in its seventh year and with the support of Kerry County Council and KWD Recycling, the County Clean-up will take place on Saturday, 14 April. Last year, 5,000 volunteers gathered 6,500 bags of litter on a single day in their own localities which left the county of Kerry looking spick and span.

Organisers are asking local residents’ associations, schools, youth groups, sporting groups, businesses, families or simply a few friends to get together and gather litter along the major routes and along the local country roads throughout Kerry on the day.

Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper will be on the County Clean-up team for 2018 working hard as always to promote the county and lend a helping hand.

ABOVE: At the 2018 launch above were Ger O'Brien KCC, Colm Cooper, Moira Murell Chief Excutive of Kerry County Council, Sean Murphy, Director KWD Recycling Killarney, Norma Foley, Mayor of Kerry John Sheahan, John Breen KCC, John Locid, Brendan Murphy KCC and Nealis Cahill. Photo By : Domnick Walsh

THANK YOU - job well done

Close on 5,500 volunteers took to the streets, the roads, the lane ways, the beauty spots and the estates all over the county on Saturday to ensure County Clean-Up Day was a huge hit and a remarkable job was done in every town, village and all roadways in between

KWD Recycling are busy preparing County Clean-up packs which will be distributed around the county and groups are asked to register with KWD to receive their pack and to arrange a collection points for bags of litter collected. Full details are available at or e-mail

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Sheahan, encouraged everyone in the county to take part: ‘Kerry is a county so reliant on its reputation as a clean environment and its reputation as a tourist destination, so every citizen has a role to play in keeping the county tidy. The message we want to get out this year is to clean up the roads that are less frequently collected and stretches of roadside that might not have been cleaned in recent years. I hope as many people as possible will participate – all you have to do is think about the roads we pass every day on our way from home to the shops, schools and work. And get involved.’

About County Cleanup

2012 began a huge initiative by a number of local groups and businesses in Kerry to clean up our County to make Kerry the first to have a “County Clean Up” of all our roadways throughout the County.

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So on one day in April, which is National Spring clean Month, everybody involved picks all the litter off our main High ways and by ways. This has proved a great success and has gone from strength to strength each year . There has been a greater amount of volunteers each year cleaning up more roads and keeping our environment cleaner for locals, and visitors alike to enjoy and return to, whilst also creating more awareness of littering going forward.

The Kerry “County Clean-up” which is facilitated by KWD Recycling are asking local resident associations, youth and sporting groups, Tidy town committees, businesses, families or simply a few friends to get together along major routes through Kerry on one day and collect all the litter off our roads keeping them clean. It’s easy to get involved, register your group on this site to order your free “County Clean Up Pack” which includes Reflective jackets, Refuse sacks, event posters and information on how to organise your group. You simply let us know which road you are picking litter from, we will then deliver sacks and reflective jackets to you and on the day you can leave the full sacks in a predesignated collection point which will be arranged with KWD.