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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Carlow drops down litter league table

Padraig Byrne

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

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There was disappointment for Carlow in the latest Irish Business Against Litter Survey as it finished 33rd of 40 towns and cities surveyed for litter.

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The news came as a massive disappointment as Carlow, which was once ranked as Ireland's cleanest town, was declared 'moderately littered'. Surveyors who visited the town noted that areas such as the Main Street and Carlow College were heavily littered and commented that some of the moderately littered sites such as Aldi and Athy Road could be top ranking with a little extra effort.

Describing Carlow's Main Street, the visitors said: 'Many of the individual shop fronts are nicely presented but the street was let down by a variety of litter. Chewing gum and weeds were quite pronounced and surveyor noted that the footpath was uneven, resulting in him tripping.'

They also expressed their disappointment that Carlow had fallen from the top of the list for cleanliness towards the bottom end.

It wasn't all damning though. The surveyors were glowing in their praise for St Mary's Academy, the recycling centre at the Shopping Centre and both the Dublin and Kilkenny approach roads.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Kilkenny managed to maintain its status as the cleanest area in Ireland while the worst areas surveyed were Farranree in Cork and North Inner City Dublin, both of which were considered to be litter black spots.

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