The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter shows Dundalk has improved and jumped to 20th place in the ranking of 40 areas surveyed and now deemed ‘Cleaner than European Norms”.
By contrast Drogheda has lost its clean status and is now moderately littered in 34th spot. In all, 75% of towns and cities were found to be as clean as or cleaner than their European counterparts.
Kilkenny and Cavan were once again Ireland’s cleanest towns, and were among 18 towns to be deemed cleaner than the European average, including Navan.
The An Taisce surveyors reported:
“Dundalk has improved on its ranking of last year, and will be cleaner than the European norm if progress continues.
“A couple of the top ranking sites in Dundalk were not just clear of litter but very well presented and maintained for example Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk Grammar School and the Recycle Facility on Newry Road.
“All three approach roads were also top ranking and the remainder of the sites were moderately littered.”
Navan received its best result to date in the IBAL League, and is the most improved town this year, rising from 32nd to 8th spot.
However there was a very disappointing drop in performance for Drogheda to near the foot of the rankings, the most littered of any area outside the main cities. The three approach roads into Drogheda were moderately littered and this pretty much set the tone for the rest of the sites.