County Clean-Up Returns After Two Years Off the Road

Catch of the Day: A camera shy litter picker with one of her many catches of the day in Castleisland during the most recent County Clean-up in 2019. ©Photograph: John Reidy 13-4-2019
Tonbwee neighbours, Catherine and Mary Walsh with Pat Mitchell and Terence McQuinn cleaning up their area during the 2019 KWD County Clean-Up Day. ©Photograph: John Reidy 13-4-2019

One of the biggest mobilisations of volunteers in the county will take place next month as the once annual County Clean Up returns after a two-year absence.

The 10th County Clean Up will take place on Saturday, April 2nd and a call is going out to individuals and communities to take part and help to make the county spick and span and to give Kerry a fresh look in time for summer.

Slightly Different Format

The County Clean-Up takes place with the support of KWD Recycling and Kerry County Council. Last year, because of the pandemic, a slightly different format was used to ensure public safety and 30 tonnes of rubbish were collected along Kerry roads by over 3,400 volunteers.

The usual format returns this year with thousands of people expected to take part in the event.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney urged community and voluntary groups to participate and to register now through the link below.

Major and Country Roads

“We’re asking for 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 the local country roads throughout Kerry,”said Cllr. Moloney.

Environmental Awareness Officer at Kerry County Council, Breda Moriarty that it’s a fantastic community-led event and a credit to all the communities and individuals who get involved in the campaign.

Communities Really Care

“To be in its tenth year and going from strength to strength is evidence that communities really care about keeping Kerry clean and keeping our roads litter free,” she said.

Noel O’Reilly from KWD said that his company is proud to be involved in the County Clean Up which is now in its 10th year.

“It’s a very important day which has made a huge difference visually on the roads of Kerry and West Cork,” said Mr. O’Reilly.

Register your group with KWD to arrange your County Clean Up pack and collection point for your bags. Volunteers can register at or Email:

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