Tullamore cleans up in IBAL results

Tullamore has received a boost in the 2012 IBAL Anti Litter League results as it is one of 22 towns and cities deemed to be ‘Cleaner than European Norms’.

Tullamore has received a boost in the 2012 IBAL Anti Litter League results as it is one of 22 towns and cities deemed to be ‘Cleaner than European Norms’.

The final standings were released today with Kilkenny announced as the cleanest at a ceremony in Dublin just pipping out Cavan and Killarney in the annual survey by Irish Business Against Litter, which showed 80% of towns and cities in the country to be as clean or cleaner than their European counterparts.

Tullamore came 18th in the final standings but the rating of ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ is a major boost for the town as it is the only town in the midlands to achieve the higher standard

In total 42 towns are surveyed with the majority being ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ with 13 including Portlaoise, Athlone and Mullingar deemed to be ‘Clean to European Norms’.

Six towns were graded as ‘Moderately Littered’ while just one area, North Inner City Dublin, was classified as a ‘Litter Blackspot’.

This was the first time that Kilkenny City, which has been litter-free for the past four years, has won the IBAL Litter League, taking the title from last year’s winner Trim. It was one of 22 towns to be deemed ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ this year.

An Taisce, which conducts the litter surveys, commented in its report on Kilkenny: “A superb result for Kilkenny with all sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. The approach roads were in particularly good order. The footpath and road surface along High Street have been very attractively paved and The Parade looked fantastic – a wide open sweep, flanked by trees to one side and terraced buildings to the other. The site by the riverbank and Dunnes Stores deserves a special mention as it had previously been problematic – not so this time around and the graffiti has been erased.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Dr Tom Cavanagh, likened the progress made on litter to that of road safety: “Each January we hear the welcome news that the numbers killed on our roads has again fallen. In particular, the attitude to drink driving has been transformed in a way that would have seemed unthinkable some years ago. There are parallels with the improvements we are now seeing in cleanliness levels. We might have viewed ourselves traditionally as a less than tidy nation, but the results tell a different story. Leaving aside certain areas in our cities, we are becoming one of the cleanest societies in Europe.”