‘No heavily littered sites’ – Wicklow named one of Ireland’s cleanest towns
Wicklow town has been named one of Ireland’s cleanest towns in the latest national litter.
The town ranked joint eighth in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), along with Ennis in county Clare, and was praised for having no heavy litter sites.
Kilkenny topped the table for a record fourth time, finishing ahead of Killarney in Kerry and Swords in Dublin.
The result was a great improvement for Wicklow town, which finished 13th in the last IBAL survey in June. Wicklow town has also been confirmed as being “cleaner than European norms”.
An Taisce, who conduct the litter surveys on behalf of IBAL, said: “Again a strong performance from Wicklow Town, with six out of the ten sites getting the top litter grade and no heavily littered sites.
“The Glen Beach Cliff Walk – a wonderful cliff walk, getting plenty of use was spotless throughout. The ‘Viewing & Picnic’ Area on Dunbur Road was in much better shape than in the previous survey.
“The residential area of Marlton Court was excellent in terms of presentation, maintenance and litter. Other top ranking sites included the Main Street and Wicklow Town Council Car Park.”
However it was not all good news for Wicklow, as one particular scourge that appears to be afflicting the entire country was highlighted in the town.
“Cigarette butt litter was very pronounced at South Quay and responsible for a downgrading from the top litter grade,” IBAL said.
In all, 21 of the 27 towns inspected were deemed clean and found that for the first time, all Ireland’s cities’ centres were clean, and there was significantly less litter on our cities’ streets compared to a decade ago.
However, Dublin’s north inner city recorded its worst showing in years and was branded ‘seriously littered’, while overall litter levels in Ireland’s towns were up on 2018.