Lit­ter prob­lem is best ad­dressed by com­mu­nity ac­tion

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THE lat­est sur­vey by Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter shows we’re mak­ing progress against lit­ter but we need more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment to tackle the prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fin­gal, Alan Far­rell.

The lat­est sur­vey by busi­ness group Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter (IBAL), which ex­am­ines 40 ar­eas, shows im­prove­ments in clean­li­ness across the coun­try and county over the past year.

Deputy Far­rell said: ‘This sur­vey shows that we have made enor­mous strides in tack­ling lit­ter but we still have a lot to do. Here in Dublin Fin­gal, both Bal­brig­gan, and the Dublin Air­port en­vi­rons per­formed very well in the sur­vey which re­ceived a Cleaner than Euro­pean Norms grade.

‘This is great news; it is a tes­ta­ment to the work put in by our lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, busi­ness groups, our tidy towns or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­deed, the lo­cal com­mu­nity as a whole.’

Deputy Far­rell said: ‘The re­sults of the IBAL sur­vey show that 80% of Ir­ish towns are found to be as clean, or cleaner, than their Euro­pean coun­ter­parts. Com­bat­ting lit­ter re­quires con­tin­u­ous work and al­though our towns are gen­er­ally per­form­ing well, we need to re­main vig­i­lant for lit­ter­ing blackspots and il­le­gal dumping. I be­lieve the best way to tackle prob­lem lit­ter is through com­mu­nity lead ini­tia­tives spear­headed by com­mu­nity groups and tidy towns com­mit­tees.’

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