AN influx of university students to the city centre, might help give a good example to the rest of Limerick’s population after the city came 35th out of the 42 cities and towns survey in the latest IBAL Anti Litter League survey.
While Limerick in general did badly, and was officially “moderately littered” in contrast there was a glowing report regarding the University of Limerick.
The report just published said of UL: “The campus grounds are extensive and the whole area was spotless. Not only was there an absence of litter throughout but the whole area was exceptionally well maintained – a superb site throughout.”
And Plassey Village, where the University of Limerick Student Accommodation is situated, also did very well. “A very clean, tidy and well maintained student residence. The recycle facility within was spotless”, according to the report.
But much of the rest of the report did not read well.
Tourists landing at Shannon Airport are being greeted by littered approach roads, leaving a negative first impression of the country, says IBAL.
The comment for Limerick City was: “An improvement on IBAL 2011 result but hopefully Limerick City will be better still at year end and be Clean to European Norms.
A relatively new phenomenon in Limerick City was the Dog Fouling awareness notices. A sign with a picture of a dog and ‘Any Bag, Any Bin, Stop Limerick Dog Litter’ was stuck on to many of the city centre street bins.”
There has been a noticeable improvement in the approach roads leading into Limerick – it is not so long since many of the approach roads were in a poor state – thankfully this is no longer the case and hopefully this can be maintained, they stated.
The majority of the city centre sites were either top ranking or moderately littered.
Some of the poorer ranking sites in Limerick City were unfinished developments/buildings which appear to have been abandoned and have become dumping grounds and subjected to vandalism.