Letterkenny ranked second best in latest IBAL waste survey – Highland Radio

Letterkenny has achieved its highest position ever in the Irish Business Against Litter ranking of 40 towns and cities.

Letterkenny has been deemed ‘cleaner than European standards’ and is ranked second best in the country after Naas.

IBAL is particularly complimentary of Letterkenny University Hospital, Bernard McGlinchey City Park and the area around Letterkenny Business Park.

In general, IBAL says there is a reduction in waste across the country, especially in terms of masks and other PPE. However, they expressed concern about the prevalence of single-use coffee cups, saying it was time to consider a tax.

Two-thirds of the towns and villages surveyed turned out to be clean.

IBAL’s Conor Horgan says this is good news………..


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Letterkenny reaches new heights in latest litter survey

  • Letterkenny in 2n/a position among 40 cities and towns
  • Drop off PPE waste but need action on coffee cups

The latest Irish Business Against Litter survey shows that Letterkenny achieves its highest position in the Business Group’s 40 town rankings. Reputed to be cleaner than European standards, the city of Donegal is in the position of finalist. PPE waste is on the decline, but the prevalence of coffee mugs on our streets warrants action such as a tax, says IBAL. 2022 marks the 20th year of IBAL waste surveys.

The An Taisce report for Letterkenny said:

A great result for Letterkenny, putting him firmly towards the top of the league. With so many top sites, there are a few that deserve special mention. The first of these is Letterkenny Hospital – this has been a polluted site in previous surveys – it is not this time around when it fully deserves the best litter rating. Letterkenny Retail Park wasn’t just good when it came to litter – it was a very freshly presented and maintained environment. Letterkenny Bus Eireann Station was also a prominent site. Bernard McGlinchey City Park was not only beautifully presented and maintained – it was immaculate throughout.

Two-thirds of the 40 cities surveyed came out clean, including Naas, which retained its top spot in the rankings, ahead of Letterkenny and Cavan.

Overall waste levels have fallen compared to last year, with a dramatic 50% drop in the number of sites in cities considered ‘waste blackspots’.

Sanitation of disadvantaged urban areas

There has been further improvement for Limerick South (Galvone). A ‘litter blackspot’ at the bottom of the chart for years, it was once again deemed ‘littered’, while North Dublin city center recovered from ‘litter blackspot’ status the last time around to record one of his best results.

“We have called on local authorities to prioritize very bad sites in a city or region and it seems that call has been heard,” commented IBAL spokesman Conor Horgan. “We are seeing the benefits, particularly in urban areas, where very heavy waste and landfills were at their worst. It’s only the beginning, but there are signs that the disadvantaged areas we have focused on are finally doing better, albeit from a weak base.

Drop in Covid-related waste… but coffee cup waste remains high

The prevalence of PPE masks has fallen sharply compared to the previous survey, present in 17% of the sites surveyed, compared to 32% in 2021. There has also been a drop in alcohol-related waste, which has contributed to a improvement of the situation. public parks, 80% of which were clean. Recycling centers were also cleaner. However, coffee cup waste remained high, evident in a quarter of all sites surveyed.

“The results confirm the need for action on coffee cups,” says Horgan. “We need to discourage the use of paper cups – even compostable or recyclable ones – because too many of them end up on the floor. In light of our investigation, the government’s move towards a levy makes a lot of sense.

The survey suggests Ireland is experiencing a return to normalcy post-Covid. “With cleaning schedules back to normal, less waste of PPE and less alcohol consumption outside, litter levels have gone down. However, despite the improvements, the centers of our main cities are still littered as we welcome our peak tourist arrivals. There is a price to pay for this,” comments Mr. Horgan.

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