Drogheda plummets to bottom of litter league
DROGHEDA has slumped to the lower reaches of the national litter league after being deemed 'moderately littered' by judges.
The latest IBAL survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter shows that Drogheda has lost its clean status, while the likes of Dundalk and Navan have both improved.
Drogheda is now ranked 34 out of 40.
Kilkenny and Cavan were once again Ireland's cleanest towns and were among 18 towns to be deemed cleaner than the European average, including Navan.
The An Taisce surveyors reported: 'A very disappointing drop in performance for Drogheda to near the foot of the rankings, the most littered of any area outside the main cities.
'The three approach roads into Drogheda were moderately littered and this pretty much set the tone for the rest of the sites - there were just two top-ranking sites out of a total of 10 surveyed.
'Many of the moderately littered sites could easily be so much better with a little extra care and attention e.g. Lidl and Drogheda Train Station.'
For the first time, IBAL inspected the cleanliness of connecting routes between towns, which were found to be typically more littered than the towns themselves.
The Northbound road from Drogheda was described as: 'A moderately littered link road with a variety of food related litter and some cigarette packets.'