On Good Friday, 3rd of April 2015 a massive clean-up day in both Limerick City and County took place. This was known as Team Limerick Clean-up (‘TLC’). We urged everyone to sign up and make their community spotless and as a result, over 10,000 people participated in what turned out to be Ireland’s largest ever one-day clean-up!
The TLC initiative is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and is spearheaded by Paul O’Connell, Limerick City and County Council co-ordinates with the support of Mr Binman; the Limerick Leader and Live 95FM. Team Limerick Clean-up is one of the most exciting campaigns ever to hit Limerick, and we are delighted that the people of Limerick come out in force to do their bit to clean up the environment. The event requires a few hours of everyone’s time on Good Friday and getting involved is great fun as well as very worthwhile.
Due to TLC’s success, TLC2 took place on Good Friday 25th March 2016 where the number of volunteers grew by over 3,000! Team Limerick Clean-up3 (TLC3) followed and continued the excellent work again on Good Friday, 14th April 2017. As always, volunteers of all ages were encouraged to register and get involved in the campaign, as a result close to 17,000 people were out on their streets to participate in the clean up! According to our group leaders, they covered the same areas as in previous years but there was less litter to pick than this time– so TLC is clearly working!
Over 18,500 volunteers took part in TLC4 in 2018 which was over 571 groups all over Limerick City and Limerick County. This year we collected 98 tonnes of litter which would equate to approx. 3,900 household wheelie bins of rubbish. There were many areas all over Limerick covered for the first time in 2018 and Limerick is the cleanest it has been to date!
Following the huge success of the Team Limerick Clean-up over the past four years, which secured widespread national and regional media coverage, TLC5 is set to take place again next year on Good Friday the 19th of April 2019. We will be encouraging volunteers of all ages to register and get involved in next year’s campaign. TLC5 is appealing to all fast food outlets, convenience stores, local/international companies across the city and county of Limerick to support the campaign by organising their own clean-up teams and encouraging their customers to dispose of waste responsibly and to get involved.