Many thanks to Statestreet Bank for volunteering to undertake a comprehensive summer clean with KKB of the historic St Maul’s graveyard, this including cleaning, painting trimming and digging! The grave yard is a quiet haven within a bustling city.
Wednesday 8th August 7pm at Canal Walk slip will see Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club (KSAC); Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) & Kilkenny County Council (KCC) coming together to sweep the city section of the River Nore to clear it of as much waste items as possible. Volunteers from the three organisations are working together to make the best impact as possible. This partnership has worked well over many years and efforts will go toward KKB’s Kilkenny’s submission to the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018.
The current water levels are historically low and this may assist with material that is lodged in areas hard to reach in “normal” years flow, said Lorcan Scott PRO with KSAC. The River Nore is a Special Area of Conservation and the clean-up should enhance conditions for fish and mammals species moving along the river.
Kilkenny city is blessed to have such a recreational and visual asset and as with all urban waterways the Nore can receive waste from a range of sources from excitable party goers to the inconsiderate members of the public.
This exercise will also have the added benefit of removing any potential hazard to divers required in any Search and Recovery activity in the Nore city section.
KSAC and KKB wish to thank Kilkenny County Council for their offer to take any resultant waste for appropriate disposal.
Congratulations to all St Kieran’s Crescent residents assisted by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful who undertook a clean up and spring clean of their estate. Good weather allowed for a lot of work of work be undertaken. Green waste from edge trimming and weeding was all taken for composting, three shopping trolleys were returned to the supermarket. A litter collection also took place.
Why not take part in our KKB deep clean “spring cleans ” as part of the Kilkenny City National Spring Clean events! Our aim is to go deep into the bushes and verges and concentrate in particular on the removal of plastics which are not biodegradable.
The statistics tells how bad it can be on our County roads due to our “disposable” society; 100 drink cans, 43 paper cups and 127 plastic bottles were found in a recent Kilkenny Co Co survey on just 1km of country roadside! It is interesting to note that no plastic bags were listed. The 15c tax on each plastic bag has been a success.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful did a plastic bag survey in Kilkenny City in 2000 and found over 200 discarded plastic bags in just one section of 1/2km roads edge.
We need the political courage to finally arrange to put a returnable 25c deposit (or more) on drink cans and plastic bottles.
For “paper” cups ( which also contain plastic) why niot consider a 25c tax an encouragement to use suddenly this “trash” is actually of value and the problem will disappear like the plastic bag !
The Irish Business Against Litter results for 2017 have been announced.
Kilkenny City, a three times in a row winner has achieved excellence again with the coveted ” cleaner than European norms” status and joint 6th in the overall rankings for 2017.
Congratulations to Ennis on their receipt of a No.1 ranking in 2017
Formigine completed a joint Clean up with Kilkenny Clty on the 23rd September. As a clean up was taking place in Formigine in Italy, in Kilkenny Keep Kilkenny Beautiful coordinated a Joint Clean up day also.
It is proposed to have a formal twinning next May, currently there is a friendship agreement in place.