Roscommon celebrates litter-free status!

Roscommon town has been ranked in the top bracket of ‘litter-free’ towns in the country in the latest IBAL Anti Litter League, results of which were published on Monday last. Fifty towns around the country were surveyed and Roscommon came out in 14th position and is one of twenty-two towns, which were judged as being ‘litter-free’.   Other towns in the region did not fare so well in this survey. Ballinasloe finished in 24th place and is classified  as ‘Moderately Littered’ while Longford town, which previously had a litter-free status, finished in 33rd position and is classified as being ‘Moderately Littered’.    Mullingar was classified as being ‘Littered’ and finished in 40th place while Athlone was judged to be ‘Seriously Littered’ and finished in 43rd place. Sligo finished in 50th position and was one of five towns judged to be a ‘Litter Blackspot’.   Last year Roscommon was judged to be ‘Moderately Littered’ and finished in 21st position.   The Roscommon Tidy Towns group have said that they are delighted with the result. A spokesperson said that the results was very positive for Roscommon and a big boost to the area in general.   The work of Roscommon County Council has  also being widely praised as being a major contributor to the good result.    Speaking to The Roscommon People  yesterday (Wednesday) Marion Parker of the Roscommon County Council Environment section says that the council is delighted with the good results for Roscommon town.   ‘We have worked hard on this in partnership with the local Tidy Towns group and the Chamber of Commerce and after all the years, that work has now paid off’ she said.   ‘It’s all about awareness. We visited every business in the town in recent years to make them aware of  the IBAL Anti Litter league and we also visited the schools in the area and they have been very co-operative and we are very thankful for that’ she said.    ‘Our own cleaning staff have also been aware that we were in the IBAL League so thay have been extra-vigilant too and we are very grateful to them for that. We also have to pay tribute to the private citizens of the town and general area too who have taken on the  responsibility of keeping their own area clean in many cases and that has been a great help too. It’s a whole team effort with everyone pulling together’ Ms. Parker concluded.