Limerick City has retained its ‘clean to European norms’ status in the latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).
The survey was carried out by An Taisce, which is commissioned by IBAL to undertake the monitoring of litter in towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland under its ‘All Ireland Anti-Litter League’ campaign.
Limerick City has risen from 36th to 18th in the IBAL League of 40 surveyed Irish towns and cities since January 2015. Limerick was listed as the top ranking city or town in the 'Clean to European norms' section and also finished ahead of Cork City (T 25), Galway City (T 25) and Dublin City (38).
Cllr. Jerry O'Dea, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick welcomed the IBAL survey, adding: "The continued good performance of Limerick City in this IBAL survey during the past year is a credit to the staff of Limerick City and County Council, local businesses, community groups, residents and visitors to Limerick City. They have worked very well together in combating litter, which can have a negative effect on the local environment, as well as on the economy and the tourism sector."
"I would appeal to community groups and residents to maintain their high level of participation in community schemes such as Limerick Going for Gold, the National TidyTowns Competition, Team Limerick Cleanup, Pride of Place and the Council’s Environment Improvement Grant Initiative, which over the years have contributed greatly to overall litter management in the city," said the Mayor.
In its assessment of Limerick City's performance in the latest IBAL survey, An Taisce said: "Many of the approach AND link roads to Limerick City got the top litter grade – this is a big improvement on the early days of the IBAL survey when the approach roads were frequently littered. Some of the top ranking sites in Limerick City included Cornmarket Row, Cruises Street, Tourist Office at Arthur’s Quay Park, Catherine Street and Little Catherine Street. Harvey’s Quay was particularly well presented and maintained – a lovely Riverwalk."
As part of the IBAL Anti-Litter League, An Taisce monitors towns of population 6,000 and over, independently and in accordance with international grading standards. The programme is run in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
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