A+ for DkIT on litter

Dundalk Institute of Technology has been given a resounding vote of confidence in its efforts to remain litter free, being awarded a A+ in a recent litter survey.

Dundalk Institute of Technology has been given a resounding vote of confidence in its efforts to remain litter free, being awarded a A+ in a recent litter survey.

While most of Ireland’s third level colleges have been given the green light over litter levels following a survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), DkIT was one of just five to awarded the A+ standard.

Five Irish third-level campuses received an A+ grade for being “exceptionally clean and well presented”, including Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Dublin City University, Sligo Institute of Technology and Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Launching its 2012 litter league at Trinity College Dublin, IBAL praised the performance of third level campuses – saying that hospitals, train stations and shopping centres should look to those institutions in their own efforts to improve conditions.

A further 13 campuses were awarded an A grade (clean to European norms) and two were marked B (littered). IBAL have however said that dog excrement and chewing gum remain a problem on some campus.

“We’re receiving lots of feedback from members of the public abhorred by dog fouling on pavements. We know some authorities are giving out free scoopers and even dog nappies are being considered by others. Alongside gum, people are understandably intolerant of this insidious and unhygienic form of litter,” said IBAL Chairman Dr Tom Cavanagh.

Some 42 towns and cities will be assessed for litter over the course of the year.