Dundalk winning the war against litter

Dundalk have moved up a massive 13 places in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey and are now 9th out of forty towns in the country on the list. This is the town’s highest ever ranking on the list beating the previous high of 19th back in January 2016. Just a year and a half ago Dundalk were placed a lowly 30th out of forty towns so this latest top ten finish shows that massive improvements have been made around the town with regards to cleanliness on our streets.
The IBAL survey is a bi-annual report commissioned by An Taisce which carries out litter surveys of our main towns and cities according to international standards. The towns and cities are then ranked in a league table format.
The report stated that Dundalk was ‘Cleaner than European norms’ and praised a number of areas around town including Court House Square and Clanbrassil St. It also advised that Dundalk Institute of Technology could be a top-ranking site if it addressed the issue of cigarette butts around the campus.
An excellent showing for Dundalk, improving on earlier in 2018. Some top ranking deserve a special mention – Court House Square was excellent in terms of presentation and paving; the wide paving on Clanbrassil Street creates a great sense of space and the overall presentation of the streetscape was good; Dundalk Institute of Technology continues to suffer from heavy levels of cigarette butts; the ‘Bring Centre’ by the Fire Station just missed getting the top litter grade – with a little extra care and attention this could easily be achieved.
Fermoy in Cork City was named the cleanest town in the survey while Dublin North Inner City was named the worst.

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