Dundalk, a gold medal winner for the last six years in the national Tidy Towns competition, has jumped from 37th to 28th in the IBAL national litter league.
A total of 42 towns are listed in the league.
The V and W Recycling Centre on the Newry Road is listed as an excellent site and Dundalk Railway Station just missed the top litter grade. All three approach roads to the town were moderately littered when the judges visited.
They described the V and W recycle facility as a “superlative site with a relatively new purpose-built drive-in facility which was in excellent condition. The grass and colourful shrubbery were lovely features in what is so often a purely functional facility”.
As regards Clanbrassil Street, the judges said was a scattering of food and cigarette related litter along this street – there did appear to be plenty of bins throughout but clearly they are not being used.
The wide paving with nice brick work, hanging baskets and flower boxes, and olde style street lamps combine with the shop fronts to create an attractive streetscape.
Dundalk Institute of Technology got a Grade A.
It was described as a superb campus that proudly flies its green environmental flag.
“It is immaculately presented and maintained with a complete absence of litter throughout – well done to all concerned,”the report states.
Dundalk Railway Station got a Grade B listing.
The judges said the railway station was downgraded due to the litter in the car park.
The remainder of the station was in good order.
But there were heavy levels of cigarette butts and lighter levels of sweet papers, cans, fast-food wrappers and plastic bottles.
Dunnes Stores at Ard Easmond got a Grade B. As well as some litter in the car park, the the grass-planted areas were not in great condition. A little more care and attention could make a difference here, they said.
Dundalk Grammar School got a Grade A. There was a complete absence of litter at the entrance and immediate environs and the public areas visible were in very good order – a top ranking site throughout.
Castleblaney Approach Road was moderately littered site with fast-food wrappers and sweet papers the most obvious litter type. Some of the bins closer to the town along this road were grubby.
The Carrickmacross Road approaching the town was given a Grade B. Much of the litter found along this route was in the low lying shrubbery.
“As one got closer to the town it was much cleaner,” the judges said
“A more thorough approach to cleaning the shrubbery would make a big difference along this road.
The Dublin Road was given a Grade B.
This route just missed getting the top litter grade. Much of the road was clear of litter but a light scattering of food related litter just inside the town boundary line, particularly close to a bus stop with a shelter.