Roscommon finishes just short of ‘Clean’ status in latest IBAL survey

Roscommon town placed 24th in the latest Irish Business Against Litter survey, just short of ‘Clean’ status with litter issues once again reported at the Tesco bottle banks and industrial waste on a site adjacent to the town’s fire station.

The An Taisce report for Roscommon town stated: ‘Again, Roscommon town has finished just short of ‘Clean’ status. The three approach roads got the top litter grade, creating a positive first impression of the town.

‘The Main Street was looking very fresh, recently repaved – it looks great, and the streetscape was further enhanced by ‘olde’ style street lamps and attractive wooden planter boxes/seating.

‘There was a notable improvement at the Bring Centre (Tesco) compared to 2020 but there was still a litter issue to the rear of the units.

‘By far the lowest ranked site surveyed was a site beside the Fire Station – it wasn’t just casually littered but subject to long-term abuse and neglect with construction/industrial waste very much in evidence’.

While the county town was graded as ‘Moderately Littered’, the number of areas deemed clean nationally rose from 17 to 23 with 68 per cent of towns showing an improvement from last year.

Portlaoise, which was at the very foot of the table back in 2010, topped the rankings, ahead of Leixlip and past winner Ennis.

IBAL’s Conor Horgan commented: “With local authority cleaning schedules normalising again and volunteer groups re-engaged in clean-ups across the country, our towns are almost as clean as two years ago. This is still some way short of where they were in 2014, however”.

By contrast, the majority of urban areas fared worse than in 2020, among them Dublin, Cork and Limerick City Centres, which were all deemed ‘littered’.

The survey also showed a near 30 per cent increase in the prevalence of PPE masks on our streets and increase in alcohol-related litter such as cans and bottles.

IBAL was once again critical of the failure of local authorities to address sites which they have previously highlighted as heavily littered, especially in urban areas.

Of the 103 such sites exposed last year, fewer than half have been cleaned up in 2021.