Naas has been described as being “clean to European norms” in the most recent ratings published by Irish Business Against Litter, writes Paul O’Meara.
IBAL is an alliance of companies set up in 1996 who believe that litter has a significant impact Ireland’s economic well-being because tourism, foreign investment and food industries – all depend on an image of Ireland as a clean and green island.
Naas and other towns were surveyed by An Taisce on behalf of IBAL, which ranked Naas as 22nd Ireland.
the assessment praised the main street as being “particularly well presented and maintained.”
It also highlighted other “good sites” as Naas CBS (winner of a recent environmental award), the St Corban’s primary school, the Lidl store at Newbridge Road and the green public park area at Fairgreen.
However it described the Dublin Road as being the most heavily littered site.
Also littered (but less so) were the Kilcullen Road and the Newbridge Road.
Only eleven towns were described as being “cleaner than European norms”, which is the highest classification awarded by IBAL.