National Spring Clean 2019

National Spring Clean 2019

National Spring Clean is Ireland’s biggest anti-litter campaign which encourages people to take pride in their local environment and to take action against litter. Throughout the month of April, communities from across Cavan are encouraged to tackle the problem of litter in local areas and to see the benefits of a litter-free environment.

Published on: 10 Apr 2019

National Spring Clean is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce in partnership with Cavan County Council and supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Over the past 21 years, National Spring Clean has been focused on the message of the collective responsibility we share in tackling and preventing our national litter problem.  By participating in organised clean-ups, groups and individuals of all ages come together to make a meaningful and positive contribution in their own communities.

This year 2019, the initiative wants to raise awareness about the link between litter and climate change – the biggest challenges of our time – and highlight how combined local actions can have a global effect.

With the participation of over 1,500 volunteers and 80 tonnes of litter collected in 2018, National Spring Clean 2019 aims to build on the progress and momentum from prior years to make 2019 the most successful anti–litter campaign yet.  It is expected that over 2,000 volunteers will take part in the 2019 campaign across the County.  This includes participants from Primary and Secondary Schools, Resident Associations, Tidy Towns Groups, Sporting Groups, other Community based groups and individuals took part. 


How to get Involved

Groups should register with An Taisce by phone on 01 4002219 or online at

All groups who register will receive a FREE clean-up kit comprising information, posters, colour coded refuse sacks for segregation of waste materials, protective gloves and high-vis vests.  Groups registered with National Spring Clean are covered under a public liability insurance policy while engaged in clean-up activities for the duration of the campaign.

Further materials including litter pickers, bags and gloves are provided by Cavan County Council. 

All groups should also contact Cavan County Council in good time prior to their clean-up event.  Once you have a confirmed date for your local event, please inform the Waste Management Section, Cavan County Council.  This will help the Council to efficiently coordinate the disposal of waste collected as part of the clean-ups.