Tralee Improves Slightly In IBAL Table But Is Still Deemed ‘Moderately Littered’

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New look Mall was praised in IBAL report.

TRALEE is still ‘moderately littered’ according to the latest Irish Business Against Litter report, but is “edging closer to Clean status”.

The latest report sees the capital town in 31st position in the table, up from 33rd in the last survey back in September.

It’s a disappointing result after all the work which has gone into keeping the town clean, efforts which have resulted in the town receiving six Tidy Towns Gold Medals in a row.

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Killarney fell out of the top 10 to 16th place and ‘Clean To European Norms. Back in September it was in 8th place and deemed ‘Cleaner Than European Norms’.

“Tralee has edged closer to Clean status, after an improved result on the previous survey in 2017,” read the An Taisce report.

“The Mall was looking particularly well after extensive works to pedestrianise the area – all aspects of the area surveyed were in excellent order.  Some of the moderately littered sites just missed getting the top litter grade e.g. Rock Street and Castle Street – Upper and Lower.  By far the most heavily littered site surveyed in Tralee was a site on Godfrey Place – one part of this site was being used as a car park and there was a constant stream of litter around the perimeter of the car park.”

An Taisce surveyed 25 towns and 15 city areas on behalf of IBAL. Of these, none was judged to be a litter blackspot, and only one, Galvone in Limerick, was designated as “seriously littered”.

88% of towns were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year, with 40% adjudged to be cleaner than the European average. In contrast, city areas occupied 6 of the bottom 7 places in the rankings.

Waterford was again the country’s cleanest city, while Tallaght, previously a litter blackspot, climbed to 5th in the rankings and was deemed “Cleaner than European Norms”.

According to the survey, 2017 saw falls in the prevalence of fast food wrappers, plastic bottles and dog fouling. Chewing gum, cigarette butts and cans continue to be major sources of litter.

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