LIMERICK has fallen by five places in the latest anti-litter league, with An Taisce now considering the city ‘moderately littered’.
In the first anti-litter league of this year, Limerick was considered clean to European norms, outranking Cork City in the count.
But now the two cities have swapped places, with nine sites in the city considered ‘litter blackspots’.
These include the derelict site on Anne Street, Sarsfield Street and Mulgrave Street.
Reacting to the news, Mayor Jim Long said: “I would like to think based on the work we have put into our city and the surrounding areas, we have improved operationally in relation to the environment.”
He called for more engagement between the Irish Businesses Against Litter group, which commissions An Taisce to carry out its surveys.
“We would much like to see more engagement. We don’t want the heads up when they are coming. But we would like to see them active on the ground in how they carry out the surveys, and put us on an even playing field,” he told the Limerick Leader.
In its report, An Taisce praised Harvey’s Quay, O’Connell Street, Little Catherine Street and Thomas Street for their cleanliness.
But the group added: “Limerick has a bit to do if it is to be as good as Waterford City, Galway City and Cork City. Half the sites surveyed in Limerick got the top ranking, but the overall ranking was let down by the high number of really poor sites.”
Newcastle West has dropped by one place in the IBAL league, but the county town is still regarded as ‘clean to European norms’.