IBAL survey has good news for Roscommon, Carrick!

The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon both being deemed ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ in 9th and 11th position respectively in the ranking of 40 towns and cities. Last year’s winner Longford town is Clean to European Norms in 13th spot.

   While nearly all of Ireland’s main towns are now clean, pockets of our major cities continue to suffer from significant levels of litter. The study, conducted by An Taisce, showed only two of 25 towns surveyed to be littered, but 7 of the 8 bottom places in the rankings to be occupied by city areas. IBAL says councils need to concentrate on those specific areas where the problem is worst.

   The An Taisce report on Roscommon town stated: “Roscommon has again scored very well in the League, with eight out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade – some of the particularly good sites included Loughnaneane Park, N60 Castlebar Approach Road and St. Ciaran’s Park. 

  “The installation of gates at either end of the Pedestrian Access to Loughnaneane Park appears to have solved the issue of alcohol-related litter which had plagued this site for a number of years.”

  IBAL’s inclusion of more city areas in its rankings is a recognition of the fact that litter is now largely restricted to neglected pockets of our cities. ”These survey findings bear out our contention that while our city centres are generally well maintained, disadvantaged areas continue to be the source of much of the litter in our country,” says Conor Horgan of IBAL.

  According to IBAL, litter is a symptom of social neglect, and councils need to look at a community-wide response targeting those areas where the problem is at its worst.

  The survey showed sweet papers as once again the most common form of litter on our streets, followed by fast food wrappers, cigarette butts and chewing gum. There was a rise in the prevalence of cans and plastic bottles.