By pitching in, you are helping to strengthen your community’s response to waste. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with neighbours and contribute to a beautiful community
Cleanup dates and times are posted on the “Ballintotis Watch” Whats App group as well as signs around the locality 2 weeks in advance of the cleanup date
Cleanups are typically scheduled for a Saturday morning approximately 6 times per year and the rendez vous point is the Community Centre
Cleanups take between 1.5 to 2 hours
Cleanups only take place when weather conditions are suitable
We aim to cover as many km of road as possible in the Ballintotis area. The more volunteers we have, the greater area we can cover. We ensure that volunteers attend for the cleanup, have roads near their property included in the cleanup area.
Always follow health and safety guidelines – volunteers must wear high visibility vests and gloves. Rubbish pickers and bags are provided
Practice social distancing and sanitation practices before, during and after the cleanup
Wear proper clothing. Ensure that you wear a mask and gloves for protection. Wear closed toe shoes (not sandals or flip flops) socks, long pants and shirts to avoid contact with anything unsafe or contaminated.
Protect yourself from the sun!
Safety first! Only pick up litter that is safe to handle and can be easily disposed of or recycled. Never touch the litter directly or your face during your cleanup. Bring hand sanitizer, especially if you are coving an area where you are unable to wash your hands.
Leave hazardous items alone. Do not touch items like needles, syringes and medical waste. Items like oil drums, batteries and canisters are not safe to touch or pick up. These need to be disposed of according to special rules.
Make sure you hydrate and stay cool. Bring and drink water. Avoid over-exertion, sunburn, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Respect live animals. When encountering birds or animals on your cleanup and respect their space
Work in teams. Stay with at least one other person while you clean up. Make sure to social distance when possible. At present, volunteers work with another member of their household
All refuse is collected immediately afterwards and disposed of at the local Cork County Council Amenity sitea