Government cutbacks mean Nenagh will be omitted from this year’s IBAL Anti Litter league, leaving Clonmel and Tipperary town as the only Tipperary representatives among 42 towns and cities. Last year Clonmel was judged as Clean to European Norms while Tipperary town was judged to be Littered.
IBAL Chairman Dr Tom Cavanagh was critical of the Government’s decision to cut back on its funding of the litter league. This will see 11 fewer areas surveyed this year. “Given how the league has transformed our towns and cities over the past decade without increased cleaning budgets, including those in Tipperary, this is a false economy. The cutbacks are a licence for some local authorities to sit back this year, now that no one will be monitoring them. It is inevitable that litter levels will rise as a result.”
Dog fouling and gum will be major points of emphasis for IBAL in the 2012 programme. “Dog fouling in particular has become a high profile issue in the past year,“ explains Dr Cavanagh. “We’re receiving lots of feedback from members of the public abhorred by dog fouling on pavements. We know some authorities are giving out free scoopers and even dog nappies are being considered by others. Alongside gum, people are understandably intolerant of this insidious and unhygienic form of litter.” Nearly all of Ireland’s 3rd level colleges are now litter-free and a model for other public places to follow, according to a litter survey by IBAL. The group said those in charge of keeping clean public amenities like hospitals, train stations and shopping centres should look to the performance of 3rd level campuses. 17 of 21 colleges surveyed were deemed litter-free, with only DIT Kevin Street branded as heavily littered. Following on the success of the colleges survey, IBAL will be assessing train and bus stations and schools as part of the 2012 league.