Chewing Gum

For those of you who like to chew gum – here’s some interesting statistics:

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” Worldwide, humans chew about 560,000 tons of gum each year. To put that into perspective, Americans threw away 30 million tons of plastic in 2009, about 28 million tons of which wound up in landfills. If you want to make a rubber-to-rubber comparison, American toss out 290 million car tires every year, weighing in at over 3 million tons. Recycling is common, though: Only one-tenth of those tires are buried in landfills each year.”

This is taken from a longer article to be found here

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Illegal Dumping

It is not uncommon these days to find country lanes,. ditches and fields full of rubbish, left through careless action (throwing the coffee cup, drinks can, burger box out of a car as you pass) or through deliberate intention (driving to a spot with a bag or bags of rubbish and leaving it in a ditch). Those responsible see no issue with this and only seem to get bothered when they are caught (as happened in Dublin where the council posted their photos on a wall (Irish Times). This led to an instant clean up of the locality but one can’t help feeling they will just move onto a new spot.

Longford recently had some publicized instances of such dumping – the first was next to one of the more famous tourist attractions in the County – Corlea Trackway. This week this attraction has been named one of the top ten attractions in the Midlands but a few days earlier the Leader reported on the illegal dumping that was an eyesore. This week it was our own turn with an article on illegal dumping near our town.

Is there an answer to this? Cameras might help but you can’t monitor every lane and highway in the country. Including the bin charges in the property tax might encourage people to put their rubbish in bins as they’d have to pay for this anyway. A scheme is being talked about that gets people on probation to work on community schemes was trialled in Dublin with some success. Maybe a combination of all three might help.

Maybe we could just not do it?

Spring Clean 2016 update

Don’t forget our Spring Clean on Saturday! We plan to tackle the main roads and work in towards the town. It’s quite a big area to cover so the more help we have the better. If you are picking up in your area and need a litter pick-up then please call Tom 0878212202 to arrange this.. Some images from previous spring cleans.

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Spring Clean 2016

Yes folks it’s that time of year again when we take to the highways and byways around our town and do our utmost to make our town look better. If you wish to get involved please contact us. If you are collecting rubbish in your area let us know and we’ll arrange to have bags etc. picked up. All help greatly appreciated. Saturday 2nd April from 2pm.

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Emptying bins

Recently Tidy Towns emptied the bins in town. Lots of household rubbish, recyclable material(bottles, glass, cans, cardboard) – some stooge left a cardboard box of bottles beside a bin rather that travel to the bottle bank. Second image shows what was collected.

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A sobering view of plastic

Below is an infographic on the subject of plastic refuse in our oceans – if you click on the image it will expand to full size.

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On the road…

…in a manner of speaking – we have been weeding, sweeping and gathering rubbish in recent days – we are going out twice a week to try and keep ahead of the work. Hanging baskets are due up shortly and we have painted and replanted our pots on the roads. .

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