The latest survey by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) alliance shows Galway City as ‘moderately littered’, losing its Clean to European Norms status.
Galway is now in 33rd position in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationwide.
Nationally, the survey showed improvement in cleanliness levels overall, with 75 per cent of areas as least as Clean as European Norms. Killarney was judged the cleanest town, followed by Dungarvan and Tralee. For the first time, no town sin Ireland were branded as ‘blackspots’ or ‘seriously littered’
The IBAL report by An Taisce inspectors found that Galway City “could easily regain litter-free status if the many moderately littered sites were given a little extra care and attention”?. These included Canal Road Upper, the bottle bank at Galway Shopping Centre and Millennium Children’s Park.
An Taisce Inspectors found that Galway Prom was excellent and managed to get the top litter grade, despite high levels of activity. Inspectors found that “dog fouling was not an issue and has clearly been addressed”?.
An Taisce also found that “the residential area of Cairseal Mór was in very good order and Leisureland was nicely landscaped”?. St Mary’s College, Shop Street, NUI Galway and University College Hospital were all top ranking sites.
The report stated however that some of the heavily littered sites have been treated very poorly e.g. the canal bank, the public park across from the Prom, Mulvoy Park Shopping Centre and Lios Ban Industrial Estate.
The survey, carried out by An Taisce on behalf of IBAL, showed sweet papers, cigarette butts, fast food wrappers and chewing gum were the most common forms of litter. Dog fouling, while not as prevalent, continues to be a source of public concern, according to IBAL.
“Where special bins are used to collect dog waste, they need to be emptied in tandem with demand. Otherwise they become unhygienic eyesores, as is the case with many recycling facilities,”? said Conor Horgan of IBAL.
The nationwide survey also found that one in ten shopping centres were litter blackspots.”It is not always easy to identify where responsibility lies for littered sites in a town, but in the case of shopping centre car parks the local authority just needs to enforce the law with the landowner,”? said Mr Horgan. “Until we see more prosecutions of this nature there will be no real deterrent for offenders.”?