Students tackle rubbish on the streets of Letterkenny

MORE than thirty students from Loreto Secondary School in Letterkenny put their concern for the town’s environment into action last Thursday and went clearing the streets of rubbish with some of the Tidy Towns team.

Organiser Neil Brockley told the Donegal News that the 35 students volunteered to do a litter pick with the team.
“They were great. They went and covered seven routes and collected seven bags of rubbish. They have been a great help and a credit to Letterkenny itself.

“The students introduced themselves to the Tidy Towns people at around 11 am and then went picking litter for an hour from midday until 1 pm.” Neil said.


He added that students from St Eunan’s College were also volunteering to do the same in January. Teacher Conor Ferry from Loreto explained the background to the students getting involved.

“They are all Transition Year students who are taking part in the Young Environmentalist Awards. They decided to tackle the litter problem and got in touch with the Tidy Towns group. Neil came along and guided them. The students were very enthusiastic and collected seven very heavy bags of rubbish. While they walked the various routes they took notes of the type of rubbish they saw and analysed where which type of rubbish was most prevalent. That data is then brought together to help them come up with ideas how best to deal with the different types and areas. Everyone really enjoyed it,” Mr Ferry said.

He teaches Environmental Studies to the Transition Year students.

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