Mixed results in IBAL report
LITTER SUPERMARKETS MAIN CULPRITS
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’.