THE latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) league will be published on Monday, with both Limerick and Newcastle West hoping to clean up.
The twice-yearly survey, which is carried out by An Taisce, ranks cities and towns across Ireland in order of their cleanliness.
After finishing rock bottom in the first anti-litter league of 2010, Limerick City earlier this year moved up to 39th place, and is now considered ‘clean to European norms’.
Now it is hoped that the next league will see Limerick city move up further.
Meanwhile, Limerick’s county town, Newcastle West, fared well in January’s count, the town was considered as ‘Clean to European norms’, with just one site - the Gortboy Approach Road - a cause for concern.
The business group - which has been carrying out surveys of this nature since 1996 - praised Newcastle West for “a big improvement” on last year’s survey.
In January’s survey, Limerick actually outranked both Dublin and Cork which lie in the bottom five.
Most city centre streets were ranked highly, but An Taisce warned of a proliferation of chewing gum in particular on Cruises Street, as well as fast food wrappers on Shannon Street and O’Connell Street.