A national litter survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has found Portlaoise is the cleanest town in Ireland. The survey was conducted for 40 areas in the country and also has found that 68% of the towns improved much in case of litter cleaning in the last 12 months.
Portlaoise came to the first place following continuous efforts taken as the town was on the bottom line of the list back in 2010.
According to the survey, 23 towns are cleaner than the European norms. But 10 areas, including Dublin, Cork and Limerick are found to be littered and below the European norms. Only Galway and Dublin’s Tallaght and Ballymun registered significant year-on-year improvement.
The survey has also found that the rate of litter in the country is increasing and litter in cities has worsened to levels ‘not seen in ten years.’
The second place is secured by Leixlip followed by Ennis to the third.
The litter ‘blackspot’ in the list is North Inner City of Dublin placing to the last. Also, Drogheda and Limerick City South- Galvone are found to be heavily littered.
The survey showed a near-30% increase in the prevalence of PPE masks on streets and an increase in alcohol-related litter such as cans and bottles.