The cleanest city in Ireland is a label which Waterford can proudly crow about for the next year, according to Mayor Mary Roche.
She was commenting following the publication of the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey (First Round 2010), which placed Waterford, Kilkenny, Dungarvan, Clonmel and Wexford in the ‘litter-free’ zone.
However, the news was not so good for New Ross (46th), which found itself bracketed in the ‘littered’ section of the IBAL survey. Meanwhile, Tramore was placed 33rd of the 53 surveyed towns/cities, having being adjudged to be ‘moderately littered’.
In its remarks the IBAL Anti-Litter League adjudicators stated: “Most of the sites surveyed in Waterford City got the top grade and there were just two bad sites. One site deserves a special mention – Ballybeg residential area – when it was first included in IBAL Anti-Litter survey it was regularly a heavily littered site but not so this time around.”
A proud Mayor Roche declared: “Cleanliness is crucial in a city like ours which is so heavily reliant on tourism, with the latest survey indicating that significant progress has been made in areas highlighted in last year’s report.
“We commend our council staff and the various voluntary groups and members of the general public who have worked tirelessly to improve our city and its image. However, Waterford’s ability to achieve this litter free status not only reflects well on Waterford City Council, but on the city as a whole.
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