Since 2002, Irish Business Against Litter has commissioned An Taisce to carry out litter surveys of our main towns and cities according to international standards. The towns and cities are then ranked in a league table format.
The programme has been spectacularly successful in transforming the cleanliness of our cities and towns. The inaugural survey showed less than 10% of towns deemed ‘Clean to European Norms’. 16 years later over 75% of towns have attained this designation. Ennis was deemed cleanest town in 2017.
IBAL is building on the success of this model by extending it to an annual survey of beaches, rivers and harbours. These are an important part of our tourist offering and relevant to the broader issue of marine litter and its impact on our planet. The first of these surveys was carried out in August 2018.