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Litter survey catches out Dún Laoghaire

Friday, 24th August, 2018 7:59am
Litter survey catches out Dún Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire has been deemed ‘moderately littered’ in IBAL’s recent survey.

Litter survey catches out Dún Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire has been deemed ‘moderately littered’ in IBAL’s recent survey.

SEVERAL Southside locations have fallen foul of a new nationwide survey of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours.

The first such examination by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has revealed that 40 per cent were littered or heavily littered, such as Grand Canal Dock, while Dun Laoghaire was deemed ‘moderately littered’. 

The overall results contrast with those of IBAL’s recent surveys of towns across the country which show 75 per cent of areas to be clean, compared to just eight per cent in this survey.

“Sadly, accumulations of litter in and around our waterways are a common sight in Ireland and this is borne out by these results,” Conor Horgan of IBAL said.

“If we can call our towns clean, we cannot say the same for the areas around our beaches and rivers. It took almost 10 years of naming and shaming for local authorities to get to grips with litter in our towns. IBAL is pushing for a similar turnabout in respect of coastal areas and waterways.” 

IBAL has been publishing litter surveys since 2002 as part of its Anti-Litter League programme, which has helped bring about a spectacular shift in litter levels.

Just 16 years ago, less than 10 per cent of the towns surveyed were deemed ‘Clean’. The most recent report shows that three-quarters of towns are now attaining Clean status.

The most common forms of litter found by the assessors were cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and cans. 

“The objective of this new campaign is to rid our coasts and waterways of litter, as they are central to the country’s appeal to visitors and an integral part of the clean image we project,” Mr Horgan added.

“Our research also brings into focus the need to stem the vast amounts of plastic and other litter which is entering and killing our oceans.

“This litter isn’t just unsightly, it is contributing to lasting, potentially irreparable damage to our planet.”

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