Elsewhere, Athlone and Longford claimed fourth and fifth places respectively, and were judged to be ‘cleaner than European norms’. Ballybane in Galway and Drogheda in Co. Louth were named as the worst performing towns and considered ‘seriously littered’.
The latest study also reveals that PPE litter is on the decrease but IBAL has called for a levy to tackle an increase in discarded coffee cups.
The An Taisce report for Roscommon, which sees the county town on a par with Ballymun, Tallaght, Limerick City Centre, Carlow and Dundalk, reads: “A similar result to 2021, and a disappointment for Roscommon, which had four heavily littered sites. The Main Street was very well presented with attractive new paving and streetscape – it was also excellent with regard to litter.
“Goff Street and car park at corner of Henry Street & Church Street were both very much deserving of the top litter grade. It was disappointing to see little or no change at laneway off the Main Street, at the car parking area adjacent to Circle K and the laneway beside Roscommon Fire Station. The clothes bank on Golf Links Road wasn’t just littered but subject to dumping”.
The survey suggests that Ireland is seeing a return to normality post-Covid.
“With cleaning schedules back to normal, less PPE litter and less alcohol consumption outdoors, litter levels have fallen. However, despite improvements, the centres of our main cities are still littered at a time when we are welcoming our peak tourist numbers. There is a price to be paid for that,” commented Colm Horgan of IBAL.