Barista Bar has partnered with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to support volunteers taking part in its first major spring cleaning weekend from May 6-8.
Many Barista Bar staff also took part in a special waste collection between SPAR Greystone and SPAR Parkhall in Antrim, cleaning up the area that stretches between the two stores for the local community.
The partnership is part of Barista Bar’s ongoing commitment to being an enduring brand and making a difference in local outdoor spaces.
As part of this effort, the team has partnered with a number of trusted organizations working on eco-friendly campaigns such as Leave No Trace and the bright side of the outdoors, to help educate , promote and support Keep NI Beautiful.
Following Barista Bar’s partnership with Walk NI, established last year, the Big Spring Clean is Keep NI Beautiful’s newest initiative. Northern Ireland’s largest community clean-up takes place from March to May each year.
Since its inception, more than 800 tons of waste has been cleaned up by more than 553,000 volunteers, which has had a huge impact across the country.
“As a brand, we’re committed to helping keep local communities litter-free, so we’re thrilled to be a part of this borough’s first year of Big Spring Clean,” said Keavy O’Mahony-Truesdale, Head of the Barista Bar brand.
“We believe that through these partnerships we can help encourage people to think responsibly by promoting the use of the reusable Barista Bar Cup or, if you use a single-use cup, dispose of it properly and don’t not throw it on the ground.
“We hope to continue to support this initiative and support the growth of the program with the Barista Bar brand.”
Leanne Smits, Waste Education and Awareness Officer for Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, said: “Waste Choices seeks to involve broad engagement with the local community, residents, schools, community groups and businesses. The overall aim is to build local community spirit, increase pride in the local environment and empower communities to undertake future projects to tackle litter in their area, thus contributing to a change broader behavior.
“This is the first year of Antrim & Newtownabbey Council’s Big Spring Clean Weekend campaign and we hope to grow the program each year.”
About 100 volunteers took part in the initiative across the constituency over the weekend, with each receiving a reusable Barista Bar cup and the youngest volunteers receiving a reusable water bottle made from recycled materials.
Barista Bar also contributed 250 loaded loyalty cards for the weekend’s 100 volunteers, and for future volunteers who want to get actively involved in Keep NI Beautiful.