Ballina has retained its clean status in the latest IBAL survey but has dropped 6 places to 19th position in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationwide.

It was a good performance for Ballina, with seven out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade.

Some examples of these included St. Patrick’s Well / Memorial, the residential area at The Spires, Dunnes Stores / Ballina Shopping Centre and various approach roads. 

By far the most heavily littered site was the Clothing Recycle Facility at Cost Cutter, Killala Road – it was subject to dumping and Pearse St was also heavily littered.

The latest Irish Business Against Litter survey shows litter levels have risen slightly across the country, with cities again faring badly.

Naas was crowned Ireland's cleanest town for 2021.

In 21st place Sligo Town was ranked as clean, meanwhile Roscommon Town was ranked as littered in 29th place.

Galway City, in 34th place, lost its clean status this year, leaving Waterford as the country’s only clean city.  

The report also highlights levels of PPE waste are at record levels, with an increase in the presence of masks and gloves

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