‘Cleaner than European norms’ – Waterford climbs list of Ireland’s litter-free towns
Waterford has been named one of Ireland’s cleanest towns and cities in the latest survey released by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).
It ranked 11th in the survey, just one spot behind Galway, which just about pipped it for the title of Ireland’s cleanest city.
IBAL praised the efforts Waterford has made in the fight against litter, saying: “There is clearly great pride in the presentation and maintenance.”
The survey revealed that, for a record fourth time, Kilkenny topped the overall table, finishing ahead of Killarney in Kerry and Swords in Dublin.
The result represents a significant improvement for Waterford, which finished 15th in the last IBAL survey last June. It also declared Waterford is now “cleaner than European norms”.
An Taisce, who conduct the litter surveys on behalf of IBAL, said: “Waterford city continues to score highly in the IBAL Anti-Litter League.
“The Waterford Walls initiative is very much a feature throughout the city – this project is something that could easily be replicated in other towns / cities throughout the country.
“The Community Garden at New Street – very poor in the previous survey – while no longer a very heavily site, was boarded up, depriving the city of what should be a lovely calm, green space in its centre.
“With so many top ranking sites in Waterford City there were some which deserved a special mention – People’s Park, Waterford Court House, the Cultural Quarter, Barronstrand Street, River Walk along the Quays and Plunkett Train Station – there is clearly great pride in the presentation and maintenance of these sites.”
However, it was not all good news for Waterford, and some parts of the city remain blackspots.
The survey added: “There was little change at the Bring Centre outside the Bus Eireann Depot – the overall presentation was a very poor one. Another heavily littered stretch of road was Penrose Street.”
Ballybeg also did not fare well, finishing 33rd out of the 40 locations surveyed.
“It is disappointing,” the report said, “that in both IBAL surveys in 2019, Ballybeg failed to retain the ‘clean’ status it had earned the previous year. Fewer than half of the sites examined were free of litter.”
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 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.