The latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter shows we’re making progress against litter but we need more community involvement to tackle the problem, according to Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell.
The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), which examines 40 areas, shows improvements in cleanliness across the country over the past year.
Deputy Farrell said: “This survey shows that we have made enormous strides in tackling litter but we still have a lot to do.
“Here in Dublin Fingal, both Balbriggan, and the Dublin Airport environs performed very well in the survey which received a Cleaner than European Norms grade. This is great news; it is a testament to the work put in by our local authorities, business groups, our tidy towns organisations and indeed, the local community as a whole.
“The results of the IBAL survey show that 80% of Irish towns are found to be as clean, or cleaner, than their European counterparts.
“Combatting litter requires continuous work and although our towns are generally performing well, we need to remain vigilant for littering blackspots and illegal dumping.
“I believe the best way to tackle problem litter is through community lead initiatives spearheaded by community groups and tidy towns committees.
“An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, Ireland’s premier anti-litter programme, takes place during the whole month of April every year.
“I encourage community groups and anyone interested to take action to improve your community by organising a clean-up of your local area.”