Kilkenny City will be looking to defend its crown as Ireland’s cleanest town or city in this year’s Litter League by Irish Business Against Litter, which was launched last week. a total of 42 towns and cities across the country will be monitored for cleanliness levels in this, the 12th year of the programme. Particular points of emphasis this year will be colleges, shopping centres, hotels, sports and recycling facilities.
Launching this year’s programme, chairman Dr Tom Cavanagh expressed his frustration that a national Adopt-A-Road scheme has failed to find real support among Government. “Encouraging the private sector to finance the clean-up of main routes is a well-established concept in other countries. We should have it here - many of our roadsides suffer from litter and the county councils have no funds from the NRA to remedy this. Fine Gael were calling for such schemes when in opposition*. Now that they are really needed, there’s a clear lack of commitment to them,” he said.