Dundalk placed 28th out of the 42 towns surveyed and was up nine places from last year
Great improvements were noted by judges but still more is possible from a former outright winner.
There were three top ranking sites in Dundalk and the remainder were just moderately littered.
The Recycle Facility on Newry Road was an excellent site – not just clear of litter but exceptionally well presented and managed.
Dundalk Railway Station just missed the top litter grade – with a little extra care and attention this is very achievable. All three approach roads were moderately littered. T
Oriel Park received a Grade B and the area surveyed was the entrance and immediate environs. It was a moderately littered site with fast-food wrappers and cigarette butts the most obvious litter type.
The V and W Recycle Facility on the Newry Road received a Grade A and thoroughly impressed the judges.
“This was superlative site, a relatively new purpose built drive-in facility which was in excellent condition,” one of the judges noted. “The grass and colourful shrubbery were lovely features in what is so often a purely functional facility.”
A Grade B was awarded to Clanbrassil Street.
There was a scattering of food and cigarette related litter along the street and judges noted that there did appear to be plenty of bins throughout that were clearly 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.
Judeges referred to Dundalk Institute of Technology as a superb campus proudly flying the Green Flag and awarded the institute a Grade A.
“It was immaculately presented and maintained with a complete absence of litter throughout – well done to all concerned.”
Dundalk Railway Station narrowly missed out on a Grade A and was downgraded to Grade B due to the litter in the car park but the remainder of the station was in good order.
There were heavy levels of cigarette butts and lighter levels of sweet papers, cans, fast-food wrappers and plastic bottles.
Dunnes Store on the Castleblaney Road was awarded a Grade B as some litter was noted in the car park and the grass / planted areas were not in great condition.
Judges said “ a little more care and attention could make a difference here.”
Dundalk Grammar School received a Grade A as there was a complete absence of litter at the entrance and immediate environs and the public areas visible were in very good order.
The Castleblaney Approach Road was noted as a moderately littered site with fast-food wrappers and sweet papers the most obvious litter type with some of the bins closer to the town along this road were grubby. It was awarded a Grade B.
The Carrickmacross Approach Road also received a Grade B and much of the litter found along the route was in the low lying shrubbery but as one got closer to the town it was much cleaner.
“A more thorough approach to cleaning the shrubbery would make a big difference along this road,” said judges.
Also awarded a Grade B was the Dublin Approach Road.
“This route just missed getting the top litter grade,” said one of the judges. “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.”
All in all a great result for Dundalk and one that the Town Council and Tidy Towns committee should be proud of.