Naas gets “satisfactory” rating in new litter survey

Poplar Square, Naas.  Photo Tony Keane.
Naas has emerged as the 19th cleanest town in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey of 42 towns and cities across Ireland.

Naas has emerged as the 19th cleanest town in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey of 42 towns and cities across Ireland.

The town was described as “clean to European norms”, narrowly missing out on inclusion in the “cleaner than European norms” classification.

An Taisce surveyed the towns and cities before IBAL’s anti-litter league table was compiled.

The Naas survey described some “top ranking sites” as not just clear of litter but very well presented and maintained.

These included Naas Shopping Mall, Town House Hotel and the Caragh Road sports centre.

An NCPS car park however came in for criticism because of heavy accumulation of “all manner of food related litter at the base of the perimeter wall and fencing of this car park.”

The park at New Row (Newbridge Road) also came in for criticism.

“The level of alcohol related litter in the brook was such that it was verging on becoming a Grade C site - clearly some drinkers have a very casual attitude to disposal of same,” the report stated.

The main street had “heavy levels of cigarette butts, some chewing gum and very obvious broken glass which took away from an otherwise good site.”

Poplar Square was described as a busy site with large crowds attracted to the fast food options available.

Discarded fast food wrappers were quickly cleared away “so it would seem that a careful eye is kept on the litter situation.”

The Sallins Road had virtually no litter on the route “which passes through a mature setting of trees and buildings.”

There was also a virtual absence of litter along Dublin Road - despite high levels of traffic in the area.

- Paul O’Meara