More community involvement needed to fight litter

The latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows we’re making progress against litter pollution but we need more community involvement to tackle the problem, said Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard.

The latest IBAL survey shows improvements in cleanliness across the country over the past year, with results indicating that 80% of Irish towns are found to be as clean, or cleaner, than their European counterparts.

Senator Lombard said: “This survey shows that we have made enormous strides in tackling litter but we still have a lot to do.

“Here in Cork, Mallow and Cork City Centre performed well in the survey and are considered clean in European norms. This is great news for the area; it is a testament to the work put in by our maintenance workers, local authorities, business groups and indeed, the community as a whole.

“Combatting litter requires continuous work however, 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 strongly encourage community groups and anyone interested to take action to improve your community by organising a clean-up of your local area.”

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  1. Main road links between towns are awash with litter post hedge cutting. Local authority Roaming Litter picking teams could be deployed at the time of trimming work.

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