The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has found Dublin city centre to be cleaner than ever but Ballymun deemed a ‘litter blackspot’ at the foot of the rankings. Dublin North Inner City was again seriously littered, a status IBAL attributes in part to the widespread use of bags over bins in domestic waste collection. Dun Laoghaire, Swords and Tallaght were all clean. Tallaght was classed clean to European norms. Despite a fall-off in cleanliness, a very creditable showing for Tallaght.
The Recycle Facility at Square deserves a special mention as it was in such good condition – this is quite a rarity for recycle facilities. The high standards of previous surveys have been maintained at The Square, Tallaght Village and Tallaght Luas Stop. Sean Walsh Memorial Park was an excellent site but the Pond within Sean Walsh Park has suffered from heavy littering over a prolonged period. The Playing Pitches beside McGee Park were heavily littered, mostly food related.