A MAJOR new survey has found Limerick is the most littered of all cities outside Dublin.
The twice-yearly IBAL ‘anti-litter’ league ranks Limerick as 44th out of 53 Irish towns and cities surveyed - with the area now ‘moderately littered’.
The news represents a blow to the city, after it was regarded as being ‘clean to European norms’ in both surveys last year.
Mayor Jim Long has said he is “totally dismissive” to the report, which is compiled by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) alliance of companies in conjunction with environmental body An Taisce.
The An Taisce report for Limerick City stated: “Not as good as last year. It is disappointing. But hopefully it will target a better result next year. It is important for Limerick, an historic city that it is perceived to be clean, in European terms.”
An Taisce inspectors pay visits to Limerick with no notice to the City Council, and they survey major streets across the city, including William Street, O’Connell Street, Catherine Street, Roches Street and Sarsfield Street.
According to their findings, only nine areas are considered worse than Limerick in the anti-litter league, including the Dublin suburbs of Tallaght, the north inner city and the airport area.
Last year, Limerick City Council spent almost €3.6m on street cleaning, and €800,000 on litter management, which includes control initiatives and environmental awareness services.
*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated January 9, 2012