Dundalk drops four places in latest IBAL litter league
Dundalk has dropped four places in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) Litter league table.
The town is now ranked 30th, falling from 26th position, in the 40 towns analysed by IBAL. It still retains the 'Clean to European Norms' status.
But despite the drop, IBAL judges praised a number of areas which excelled.
Dundalk retains its clean status, with no heavily littered sites,' the report noted.
The judges highlighted that 'very good sites in Dundalk' included the County Museum, Dundalk Grammar School and Oriel Park Football Stadium - all of which were reported as being 'well presented and maintained.'
It was noted that the Castleblaney Approach Road had shown improvements on previous visits by IBAL judges, but wasn't yet attracting a top grade.
Dundalk Institute of Technology was highlighted as being 'let down by the cigarette butts at the entrance' which the judges said took away from a good site overall.
IBAL spokesman Conor Horgan warned of future problems for cities and towns. 'Dumping is the new litter in many respects. The more we ask people to pay for waste disposal the greater an issue it is likely to become.'