DUNDALK has slipped ten places from 23 to 33 in terms of cleanliness, according to the IBAL Anti-Litter League first round results for 2011.
Rival Louth town Drogheda currently holds Dundalk’s old spot and is ranked in 23rd position. However, Dundalk can take some comfort from the fact that the ranking is a massive blow to Drogheda.
Neighbouring Co Monaghan has snatched the 5th position ranking away from Drogheda, which has plummeted 18 places to 23, displacing Dundalk, which is said to be clean to European norms.
Monaghan previously held 35th position at the end of 2010. Meanwhile, neighbouring Co Cavan has been put in the top three cleanest places in Ireland.
Co Cavan is beaten only by Killarney, which holds the top spot, and Trim which is ranked second. Swords is in fourth position. North Inner City Dublin was deemed a litter blackspot and ranked 53rd, in the last position. Last year, Carlow was deemed overall winner of the IBAL Anti-Litter League for 2010.
IBAL was set up in 1996 as an alliance of companies who believe that litter has a significant impact on our economic well-being.
IBAL believes the main sources of Ireland’s prosperity - tourism, Foreign Direct Investment and the food industry - all depend on an image of Ireland as a clean and green island.
A major IBAL initiative has been the Anti-Litter League. Ranking the performance of each local authority in combating litter in a league table format, has delivered tangible results.
Now co-funded by the Department of the Environment, the League covers 53 towns and city areas. IBAL believes that it is the job of Local Government to solve Ireland’s litter problem.
According to IBAL, it is through enforcement of litter laws that Ireland will rid itself of litter.