Mixed re­sults in IBAL re­port

LIT­TER SU­PER­MAR­KETS MAIN CUL­PRITS

Bray People - - BRAY PEOPLE - Es­ther HAY­DEN

SU­PERQUINN in Bray is clean as a whis­tle but Tesco in Wick­low Town is full of rub­bish ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by the Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter (IBAL).

Re­tail­ers from across the county have been named and shamed by IBAL and su­per­mar­kets were found to con­tain twice as much lit­ter on av­er­age than in other com­mer­cial sites.

The sur­vey found that over a quar­ter of all the su­per­mar­kets sur­veyed were se­ri­ously lit­tered. A re­port in Tesco in Wick­low Town says ‘there was ca­sual lit­ter strewn through­out the car park.

The re­cy­cle fa­cil­ity had filled bags at its base and the load­ing/stor­age area was lit­tered. Why not en­force the Lit­ter Act?’ The su­per­mar­ket at White­gates in the town was classed as se­ri­ously lit­tered. In a re­ver­sal of for­tunes af­ter be­ing named as one of the dirt­i­est towns in Ire­land ear­lier this year Su­perquin in Bray was classed as ‘clean to Euro­pean norms’.

Af­ter the dis­mal IBAL re­sults in Jan­uary which saw it lan­guish just three places from the bot­tom of the league ta­ble mam­moth work was done in the town and by June the whole town was found to be ‘clean to Euro­pean norms’.

The judges found that the en­vi­rons of Su­perquinn on Cas­tle Street were ‘clearly a well-main­tained en­vi­ron­ment. The shop­ping trol­ley bay was clear of lit­ter and the car park sur­face/sig­nage/mark­ings were clear and clean.’

IBAL Chair­man Dr. Tom Cavanagh has also ac­cused lo­cal au­thor­i­ties of turn­ing a blind eye to the prob­lem.

‘The lo­cal au­thor­ity’s job is not to clean th­ese ar­eas, but to en­sure the job is done by en­forc­ing the law where nec­es­sary.’

Un­der the lit­ter act a coun­cil can fine a busi­ness which fails to keep ‘vis­i­ble ar­eas’ of their prop­erty lit­ter free. On the spot fines of € 150 can be im­posed for leav­ing or throw­ing lit­ter in a pub­lic place, with a max­i­mum con­vic­tion of €3,000 if con­victed of a lit­ter of­fence in the District court.

The re­sults were taken on June 15 but pre­vi­ous IBAL re­ports into Wick­low Town’s stand­ing in the lit­ter league has also crit­i­cised the su­per­mar­ket for its ap­pear­ance.

Wick­low Town coun­cil­lor and Green Party mem­ber Pat Ka­vanagh says it’s a shame that Tesco is con­sid­ered to be a ‘se­ri­ous lit­ter prob­lem’.

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