NUI Galway and GMIT have been praised as “a model for other places to follow” in a recent litter survey.
The Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey commended the two campuses for being litter-free and advised those in charge of keeping clean public amenities like hospitals, train stations and shopping centres to look to the performance of third level campuses.
Government cutbacks mean Tuam will be omitted from this year’s league, leaving Galway City as the only Galway representation among 42 towns and cities.
IBAL Chairman Dr Tom Cavanagh was critical of the Government’s decision to cut back on its funding of the litter league, which will see 11 fewer areas surveyed this year.
“Given how the league has transformed our towns and cities over the past decade without increased cleaning budgets, including those in Galway, this is a false economy. The cutbacks are a licence for some local authorities to sit back this year, now that no one will be monitoring them. It is inevitable that litter levels will rise as a result.”