IBAL

  • Ballina has returned to the Irish Business Against litter campaign with one of its best-ever results.

    The North Mayo capital is ranked in 6th place overall in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationwide, and is described as "Cleaner than European Norms".

    Eight of the ten sites surveyed in Ballina got the top grade .

    Top-ranking sites included the residential areas of Marian Crescent and Rockwell - both well-respected and maintained according to judges, while St Patrick's Church in Ballina was exceptionally well-presented and maintained, and Ballina District Hospital also ranked highly with a complete absence of litter, and well-maintained grounds.

     

    Roscommon Town is in 8th place on the list, also Cleaner than European Norms.

    Galway City and Sligo were in 17th and 20th place respectively, and described as Clean to European Norms.

    Kilkenny tops the litter league, while at the other end of the scale, Ballymun in Dublin is in 40th place, and described a litter blackspot.

  • Castlebar has retained its “Clean to European Norms” designation in the summer survey of litter levels by Irish Business Against Litter. The town is in 20th spot in the ranking of 40 towns and cities. 

    Sligo town secured 8th place and is deemed Cleaner than European Norms.

    Balinasloe came in at 23rd place, Roscommon town in 26th - with both towns catagorised as Clean to European Norms.

    The latest survey found that while Ireland’s towns and city centres are clean, disadvantaged areas of our cities are suffering increasing levels of litter. IBAL sees more mixed housing as the long-term solution to the urban litter problem.

    The An Taisce report states: “A very good result for Castlebar, consolidating its improvement of last year. This time around there were six top ranking sites, with the remainder moderately littered. There were no seriously littered sites. Very good sites included Lough Lannagh Park and Lough Lannagh Community Centre – these areas were not just good with regard to litter but also very well presented and maintained e.g. colourful planting, clear and clean signage etc.  The Recycle Facility at Dunnes Stores, while still littered, was much improved on previous surveys”.

    Galway city centre is deemed Moderately littered while Ballybane in the city is described as Seriously littered.

    The most recent statistics available on litter enforcement show the cost of litter wardens is 10 times greater than the revenue collected through litter fines. While the cost of the service has risen over the past 6 years, the revenues collected have halved from €1.7m to €0.84m. 

     

    IBAL ANTI-LITTER LEAGUE – SUMMER RESULT 2018

     

    1

    Fermoy

    Cleaner than European Norms

    2

    Nenagh

    Cleaner than European Norms

    3

    Ennis

    Cleaner than European Norms

    4

    Dublin Airport Environs

    Cleaner than European Norms

    5

    Longford

    Cleaner than European Norms

    6

    Killarney

    Cleaner than European Norms

    7

    Naas

    Cleaner than European Norms

    8

    Sligo

    Cleaner than European Norms

    9

    Monaghan

    Cleaner than European Norms

    10

    Waterford City Centre

    Cleaner than European Norms

    11

    Mullingar

    Cleaner than European Norms

    12

    Athlone

    Cleaner than European Norms

    13

    Limerick City South

    Cleaner than European Norms

    14

    Navan

    Clean to European Norms

    15

    Drogheda

    Clean to European Norms

    16

    Kilkenny

    Clean to European Norms

    17

    Limerick City Centre

    Clean to European Norms

    18

    Cavan

    Clean to European Norms

    19

    Letterkenny

    Clean to European Norms

    20

    Castlebar

    Clean to European Norms

    21

    Waterford City - Ballybeg

    Clean to European Norms

    22

    Dundalk

    Clean to European Norms

    23

    Ballinasloe

    Clean to European Norms

    24

    Tallaght

    Clean to European Norms

    25

    Cork City Centre

    Clean to European Norms

    26

    Roscommon

    Clean to European Norms

    27

    Gorey

    Clean to European Norms

    28

    Bray

    Clean to European Norms

    29

    Portlaoise

    Clean to European Norms

    30

    Dublin City Centre

    Clean to European Norms

    31

    Dun Laoghaire

    Clean to European Norms

    32

    Maynooth

    Moderately littered

    33

    Galway City Centre

    Moderately littered

    34

    Tralee

    Moderately littered

    35

    Carlow

    Moderately littered

    36

    Cork City - Mahon

    Littered

    37

    Cork City Northside

    Littered

    38

    Ballymun

    Littered

    39

    Dublin North Inner City

    Seriously littered

    40

    Galway City - Ballybane

    Seriously littered

  • 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.

     

  • The first nationwide survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours has revealed that the River Moy in Ballina is ‘moderately littered’.

    While Salhill in Galway and the river Shannon at Carrick on Shannon were two of only four locations nationwide in this study that were Clean to European Norms

    The study of beaches, harbours, rivers and their immediate environs, carried out by An Taisce, showed only 4 of 50 areas surveyed were deemed “Clean to European Norms”. Almost 40% were littered or heavily littered, with some areas in Cork Harbour and Doolin Pier in Clare classified as litter blackspots.

     

    The river Corrib in Galway city was  like the river Moy in Ballina was deemed Moderately Littered as was the river Garravogue in Sligo town and both Kinvara and Loughrea

     

    The An Taisce report for the River Moy reads: “As well as some building materials there were scattered collections of litter - e.g. food and beverage related litter and some dog fouling (all land based).  Water based litter included significant numbers of cans, a crutch and a child's buggy.”

    The results from this first national survey by IBAL of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours contrast with those of IBAL’s recent surveys of towns across the country which show 75% of areas to be clean, compared to just 8% in this survey.

     Conor Horgan of IBAL says if we can call our towns clean, we cannot say the same for the areas around our beaches and rivers. It took almost ten years of naming and shaming for local authorities to get to grips with litter in our towns. IBAL has set about pushing for a similar turnabout in respect of coastal areas and waterways.”

    IBAL has been publishing litter surveys since 2002 as part of its Anti-Litter League programme, which has helped bring about a spectacular shift in litter levels. 16 years ago, less than 10% of the towns surveyed were deemed ‘Clean’. The most recent report shows three-quarters of towns attaining Clean status.

    “The objective of this new campaign is to rid our coasts and waterways of litter, as they are central to the country’s appeal to visitors and an integral part of the clean image we project. Aside from this commercial motivation, our research brings into focus the broader issue of marine litter and the need to stem the vast amounts of plastic and other litter which is entering and killing our oceans.”

    The most common forms of litter found by the assessors were cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and cans.       

     

     

     

    Litter survey – rivers, beaches and harbours*

    *areas surveyed comprise waterfront and immediate environs

     

    Clean to European norms

     

    Kinsale Harbour

    Cork

    Salthill

    Galway

    River Shannon (Carrick-on-Shannon)

    Leitrim

    River Shannon (Lanesboro)

    Longford

    Moderately littered

     

    Ballybunion

    Kerry

    Ballycotton

    Cork

    River Blackwater (Fermoy)

    Cork

    River Blackwater (Youghal)

    Cork

    River Boyne (Navan)

    Meath

    Brittas Bay

    Wicklow

    Cork Harbour (Crosshaven)

    Cork

    River Corrib (Galway City)

    Galway

    Curracloe

    Wexford

    River Dargle (Bray)

    Wicklow

    Dun Laoghaire

    Dublin

    River Garravogue (Sligo town)

    Sligo

    Kilkee

    Clare

    Killybegs

    Donegal

    Kilmore Quay

    Wexford

    Kinvara

    Galway

    River Laune (Killorglin)

    Kerry

    Loughrea

    Galway

    River Moy (Ballina)

    Mayo

    River Nore (Kilkenny)

    Kilkenny

    Portmarnock

    Dublin

    Rosslare Harbour

    Wexford

    Seapoint

    Dublin

    River Shannon (Athlone)

    Westmeath

    River Shannon (Foynes)

    Limerick

    Skerries

    Dublin

    River Suir (Clonmel)

    Tipperary

    Tramore

    Waterford

    Littered

     

    River Avoca (Arklow)

    Wicklow

    Balbriggan

    Dublin

    River Barrow (Carlow town)

    Carlow

    Bundoran

    Sligo

    Dingle

    Kerry

    Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

    Dublin

    Lahinch

    Clare

    River Shannon (Limerick UL)

    Limerick

    River Slaney (Wexford)

    Wexford

    Heavily littered

     

    Bantry

    Cork

    River Boyne (Drogheda)

    Louth

    Clogher Head 

    Louth

    River Shannon (Portumna)

    Galway

    River Suir (Waterford City)

    Waterford

    River Tolka (Annesley Bridge)

    Dublin

    Litter blackspots

     

    Cork Harbour (Ballinacurra, Midleton)

    Cork

    Cork Harbour (Blackrock Castle)

    Cork

    Doolin Pier

    Clare

     

     

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