Sligo town has best ever showing in litter rankings

Sligo town has had its best ever showing in the Irish Business Against Litter rankings.

In a report released this morning, IBAL says Sligo town is now ‘cleaner than European norms and is in 6th place in a ranking of 40 towns and cities throughout the country.

An Taisce, which carried out the survey on behalf of IBAL, said 2018 was a breakthrough year for Sligo.

It added that all of the approach roads surveyed were presented well, with this high standard maintained in many areas and no seriously littered sites.

It also praised the Avondale residential area, the recycle facility behind The Model Arts Centre and the public park at Ballytivnan.

Letterkenny came in at 14th place, being described as ‘clean to European norms.’

IBAL’s Conor Horgan has been telling Niall Delaney on the North West Today Show how much Sligo has progressed:

Meanwhile, a Sligo tidy towns volunteer says that when it comes to litter, one of the main problems in cutting the use of plastics is not being addressed.

Peter Tiernan, chairman of Sligo Tidy Towns Committee was commenting following an announcement by the Taoiseach that single-use plastics is to be phased out across all government departments and agencies.

That’s in advance of wider laws to be introduced to completely ban throwaway products.

Mr Tiernan says a major problem is the use of both plastic and cardboard in packaging.