According to the final litter survey of 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), Castlebar is now ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ and is 12th from the top in the ranking of 40 town and cities nationally. Sligo town also achieved Cleaner than European Norms designation and was ranked 6th best town nationally
FOR Castlebar, 12th positionis a jump of 8 places over the previous survey.
An Taisce, who carry out the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented on Castlebar in its report: “With 70% of sites surveyed getting the top litter grade, Castlebar has again scored very well and has come a long way from a few years ago in the IBAL litter league. There were no seriously littered sites. Some examples of top ranking sites included Market Square, Market Street, County Council Car Park and the residential area of Maryland – these sites were not just good with regard to litter but also overall presentation and maintenance. “
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, will present the awards at a ceremony today, crowning Fermoy as the cleanest town among those ranked according to litter levels in 2018, with Waterford City again Ireland’s cleanest city.
Just under 90% of towns surveyed were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year.
Roscommon town ranked 14th and was designated as Clean to European Norms, Ballinasloe was deem Moderately Littered and ranked 33rd.
While Galway city centre improved in its ranking, the Ballybane area of the city ranked 39th and is designated as Seriously Littered.