Dungarvan and Waterford have both been classified as ‘litter-free’ in the annual survey by Irish Business Against Litter, published on Monday morning.

Dungarvan ranked fifth in the overall survey and Waterford came in at 26th, both well within the criteria for ‘clean to European norms’.

Overall, two-thirds of the country’s largest towns are now getting top marks, but three are still considered seriously littered. When the Anti-Litter League was first drawn up by Irish Business Against Litter seven years ago, 60% of towns were classified as litter blackspots. But now 36 out of the 55 largest towns are considered clean to European norms.

IBAL’s next big focus is on chewing gum; it is calling for biodegradable gum so that streets will no longer be littered with gum that stays forever.