Things may have not gone our way on Sunday, but while the hurling must wait another year, Kilkenny still has many jewels in its crown to celebrate this September.
The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Kilkenny has once again topping the ranking of 40 towns and cities and deemed Cleaner than European Norms. The county topped the table ahead of Enniscorthy, Kildare and Waterford City.
The study, conducted by environmental group An Taisce, showed only two of 25 towns surveyed to be littered, but seven of the eight bottom places in the rankings to be occupied by city areas, in Limerick and Cork respectively.
IBAL says councils need to concentrate on those specific areas where the problem is worst — but Kilkenny is setting the standard.
“Yet another success for Kilkenny with nine out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade,” said the report from An Taisce.
“What sets Kilkenny and other very high scoring towns apart is not just the lack of litter but the care and attention in the presentation of the environment.”
The repor event went on to praise the presentation of one of our vacant buildings.
“Other examples of very good sites were Kilkenny Train Station (exterior), riverbank and Market Cross Shopping Centre,” it noted.
TD John Paul Phelan has commended the multitude of voluntary and statutory bodies that work together to keep Kilkenny looking in pristine condition throughout the year and commended all involved on the latest IBAL win.
“As a key tourist hub, keeping Kilkenny looking good is critical and not always easy, particularly across busy weekends. Today’s victory is well earned but hard earned. We have to commend the local authority staff and management and the very many groups that work together to keep Kilkenny looking so well
While litter is subsiding nationally, evidence suggests that illegal dumping is rising. IBAL concurs with the principle behind the mandatory pay-by-weight collection system, due for introduction next year, but fears that it will inevitably lead to more dumping.
“We would be especially concerned that the experience of this summer will set the public against the charges when they come in next year.
This can only be harmful to our environment.”
The survey showed sweet papers as once again the most common form of litter on our streets, followed by fast food wrappers, cigarette butts and chewing gum. There was a rise in the prevalence of cans and plastic bottles.