The latest Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) survey finds that while Fermoy in Co Cork was the cleanest of 40 towns and cities surveyed, pockets of Galway, Dublin and Cork city were more heavily littered than in previous years. An Taisce assessed litter levels over the summer months on behalf of Ibal, which found 77pc of towns and cities to be clean. None was deemed a litter blackspot, but five were ‘littered’ or ‘seriously littered’ and scored worse than last year. “We have seen a worsening of litter levels in economically disadvantaged areas, which dominate the lower placings of our rankings,” said Conor Horgan of Ibal. “What is often lacking in these areas is a sense of pride in place, which in turn reflects an absence of real community. “In the frenzy to address our housing shortage, we must be mindful of the need to build communities along with houses. Mixed housing is the long-term solution to our urban litter problem.” While Dublin city centre was clean, registering one of its best ever results, the north inner city and Ballymun both deteriorated and were ‘heavily littered’. Cork city’s northside and Mahon also showed higher levels of litter, as did Ballybane… Read full this story
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