The latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter shows Castlebar in 11th spot in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationally and deemed Cleaner than European Norms.

The An Taisce report for Castlebar states : An excellent result for Castlebar on its return to the League with half of the sites surveyed getting the top litter grade, four just missing it and no seriously littered sites.  Top ranking sites included Mayo Peace Park Garden of Remembrance, Castlebar Train Station and the residential area of Lakeshore Drive.  With a little extra effort, others could easily get the top litter grade e.g. Ellison Street, Lough Lanagh and Bring Facility at Tesco / Dunnes Stores. 

Two-thirds of the 40 towns and cities surveyed were found to be clean, among them Naas, which retained its position and top the rankings, ahead of Letterkennyand Cavan.

Overall litter levels showed a decrease on last year, with a dramatic fall of 50% in the number of sites within towns deemed to be ‘litter blackspots’.

The prevalence of PPE masks fell sharply compared to theprevious survey, present in 17% of sites examined, compared to 32% in 2021.Therewas also a fall-off in alcohol-related litter, which contributed to an improvement in the state of public parks, 80% of which were clean. Recycle centres were also cleaner. However, coffee cup litter remained high, evident in one quarter of all sites surveyed.

 Conor Horgan of IBAL has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley about Castle's result in the latest survey...

 2022 IBAL ANTI-LITTER LEAGUE – ROUND ONE

1

Naas

Cleaner than European Norms

2

Letterkenny

Cleaner than European Norms

3

Cavan

Cleaner than European Norms

4

Athlone

Cleaner than European Norms

5

Longford

Cleaner than European Norms

6

Maynooth

Cleaner than European Norms

7

Wicklow

Cleaner than European Norms

8

Kilkenny

Cleaner than European Norms

9

Ennis

Cleaner than European Norms

10

Monaghan

Cleaner than European Norms

11

Castlebar

Cleaner than European Norms

12

Gorey

Cleaner than European Norms

13

Midleton

Cleaner than European Norms

14

Tralee

Clean to European Norms

15

Waterford City Centre

Clean to European Norms

16

Mullingar

Clean to European Norms

17

Galway City Centre

Clean to European Norms

18

Navan

Clean to European Norms

19

Dublin City - Crumlin

Clean to European Norms

20

Tipperary

Clean to European Norms

21

Sligo

Clean to European Norms

22

Killarney

Clean to European Norms

23

Waterford City - Ballybeg

Clean to European Norms

24

Ballinasloe

Clean to European Norms

25

Dublin Airport Environs

Clean to European Norms

26

Portlaoise

Clean to European Norms

27

Dundalk

Moderately littered

28

Carlow

Moderately littered

29

Limerick City Centre

Moderately littered

30

Tallaght

Moderately littered

31

Ballymun

Moderately littered

32

Roscommon

Moderately littered

33

Dublin City Centre

Littered

34

Limerick City South - Galvone

Littered

35

Cork Northside

Littered

36

Cork City Centre

Littered

37

Cork City - Mahon

Littered

38

Dublin North Inner City

Littered

39

Drogheda

Seriously littered

40

Galway Inner City - Ballybane

Seriously littered

 

 

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