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Stillorgan success in litter survey

Tuesday, 13th September, 2016 12:00pm
Stillorgan success in litter survey

A great result for Stillorgan.

Stillorgan success in litter survey

A great result for Stillorgan.

THE people and businesses of Stillorgan and surrounding areas have been congratulated for the area’s “exceptional outcome” in this year’s IBAL litter survey.

Minister Shane Ross expressed heartfelt congratulations to locals and said he was particularly delighted that, even as a new entrant to the IBAL survey, six out of the 10 sites surveyed in the suburb received the top grade.

“Students and teachers of both the Stillorgan College of Education and Oatlands College and Primary School deserve special mention for their hard work in keeping the local area well-presented and litter free as do the businesses and management of Stillorgan Shopping Centre,” Minister Ross stated. “Excellent work from all concerned.”

Commenting on Stillorgan’s success, Independent councillor, Deirdre Donnelly, added: “As a resident and a public representative for Stillorgan I am absolutely delighted that the area has ranked so highly.

“I would like to congratulate the management of Stillorgan Village Centre who have kept the place looking so well. It is fitting that the centre should achieve this accolade given that they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

“I would also like to acknowledge the principals, staff and students of Oatlands College and Primary School as well as the Stillorgan College of Further Education who have made such an effort to keep the area litter free.”

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council also said they were delighted that Stillorgan had ranked well in the recent IBAL survey of towns and cities with regard to litter.

“Some of the particularly good sites included Stillorgan Village Shopping Centre and the bottle bank in the shopping centre’s overflow car park, which was particularly commended for its cleanliness,” the council stated.

“Other sites of note were Stillorgan Park Avenue, the N11 approach from Foxrock, Stillorgan College of Further Education and Oatlands College and Primary School.”

There was further good news for the Southside as the study showed that Tallaght was ‘Clean to European Norms’.

“In a summer in which the 1916 Centenary was celebrated, Dublin City Centre returned its best ever result, with Temple Bar, Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and Christchurch among the areas to receive top marks,” said IBAL’s Conor Horgan.

“Dublin City Council has done a fine job in presenting the capital at its best in what was an important summer for tourism.”

IBAL’s inclusion of more city areas in its rankings is a recognition of the fact that litter is now largely restricted to neglected pockets of our cities.

“These survey findings bear out our contention that while our city centres are generally well maintained, disadvantaged areas continue to be the source of much of the litter in our country,” Mr Horgan added.

According to IBAL, litter is a symptom of social neglect, and councils need to look at a community-wide response targeting those areas where the problem is at its worst.

“Work at keeping these areas clean for six to 12 months and they are likely to stay clean, and the community can have pride in their neighbourhood,” Mr Horgan stated. “That does cost money initially, but the payback will be significant.” 

The survey showed sweet papers as once again the most common form of litter on our streets, followed by fast food wrappers, cigarette butts and chewing gum. There was a rise in the prevalence of cans and plastic bottles.

Set up in 1996, Irish Business Against Litter is an alliance of companies sharing a belief that continued economic prosperity - notably in the areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment - is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment. 

As part of the IBAL Anti-Litter League, An Taisce monitors towns independently and in accordance with international grading standards.  

Visit www.ibal.ie for further information.

 

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