An Taisce, who conduct the surveys on behalf of IBAL, ranked Naas 1st out of 40 towns in Ireland. Naas impressed with more than just how clean the sites were and other community elements that were in evidence. Lovely signage indicated ‘Naas Heritage Trail’ throughout the town; Reverse Vending Machines in operation the signage relating to Tidy Towns initiatives regarding historical sites and the local Greenway Cycle (in conjunction with local business) were some of the elements noted.
Another Kildare town, Maynooth, performed very well, ranking sixth nationally. Almost all the sites surveyed received the top litter grade – these sites were good with regard to litter, and very well presented and maintained e.g., residential area of Newtown Road, Leinster Street and the large expanse of space at Carton Demesne, Maynooth University and St. Patrick’s College.
The national IBAL litter league was established in 1996 and has since become a prestigious annual competition. Naas has been making noticeable strides in IBAL as well the national tidy towns competition where it is now a multiple gold medal winner.
Two-thirds of the 40 towns and cities surveyed nationally were found to be clean. Overall litter levels showed a decrease on last year, with a dramatic fall of 50% in the number of sites within towns deemed to be ‘litter blackspots’.
Source: Kildare County Council