Tuesday 23 January 2018

Levels of serious littering decrease in the capital

Anne-Marie Walsh

SERIOUS littering is down in Dublin, but gross levels of garbage grew outside the capital last year.

A report, to be unveiled today, will reveal a rise in the portion of grossly polluted areas in county, town and borough councils; while in Dublin local authorities experienced a decrease.

The National Litter Report 2013, to be launched by Environment Minister Phil Hogan, shows the percentage of severely rubbish-strewn areas rose by 0.3pc to 0.6pc last year.

It also shows the percentage of significantly polluted areas increased, from 3.2pc in 2012 to 3.3pc last year.

But overall, there was a slight fall in garbage pollution across the country between 2012 and last year.

This is because the percentage of unpolluted areas rose, while slightly polluted and moderately polluted areas decreased.

Over 12pc of areas were unpolluted last year, 63pc were slightly polluted, and 21pc were classified as moderately polluted.

Pedestrians are the worst litter offenders, but motorists, retailers, and fast food outlets are also big problems for local authorities.

Irish Independent

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