Balbriggan Scores Well In Irish Business Against Litter Survey 2017



80% of towns and cities as clean as European counterparts
Balbriggan scores well in the current survey.

The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows improvements in cleanliness across the country over the past year. Over 90% of rural towns surveyed were deemed clean, while Dublin, Cork and Galway city centres all scored well in the ranking of 40 areas.

An Taisce assess litter levels in 40 towns and cities on behalf of IBAL. 80% of areas were found to be clean, with a top tier of 16 towns deemed “cleaner than European Norms”.

Balbriggan ranked Number 13 in this Top Tier listing, Ardgillan Castle and Demesne was also singled out for special mention. It was also noted that the area around the train station and on the beach was kept well. Congratulations to all who got us there and let’s hope that Balbriggan scores even better in next year’s rankings. 

Tullamore topped the rankings, followed by Dublin Airport Environs and Leixlip.Once again there was a wide gap between towns and disadvantaged city areas, with the latter occupying the bottom 6 places in the ranking.

“In the 16 years we have been conducting these surveys, this is possibly our best result,” says Conor Horgan of IBAL.
“Across the board, we have seen improvements. The news is all the more positive given the importance of how we
present our country over the summer months when we attract over 40% of our visitors. Also satisfying is the pristine
state of the roads around Dublin Airport, which help form the first impression for many of these visitors.
”The Airport environs were deemed a “Litter black spot” when first surveyed 5 years ago.

“Dumping is the new litter”

“Be it in cities or in towns, we enjoy a much cleaner environment than 15 years ago, but litter has not gone away,“
warns Conor Horgan. “This summer we again had examples of extreme littering on beaches for examples, which display a worrying indifference to the natural environment. Marine litter is a source of great concern at present and an issue IBAL may concentrate more on in the future.”

“Also, dumping is on the increase, and the more we ask people to pay for waste disposal the greater an issue it is likely to become. It may not be as widespread, but dumping is the new litter in many respects.

85% of 32 tourist sites surveyed were clean, among them the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, Muckross House in Killarney, Guinness Storehouse and Newgrange, with the remainder exhibiting small amounts of litter.

Set up in 1996, Irish Business Against Litter is an alliance of companies sharing a belief that continued economic prosperity – notably in the areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment – is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment.

As part of the IBAL Anti-Litter League, An Taisce monitors towns independently and in accordance with international grading standards.

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Full table available on IBAL website

1   Tullamore – Cleaner than European norms.

2   Dublin Airport Environs – Cleaner than European norms.

13 Balbriggan – Cleaner than European norms.

14 Drogheda – Cleaner than European norms.

28 Dublin City Centre – Clean to European norms.