Longford will be among 31 towns seeking to retain litter-free status in the 2012 IBAL Litter League, which was launched in Dublin recently.
A total of 42 towns and cities will be assessed for litter over the course of this year and last year it was Trim, Co Meath that was deemed the cleanest town in the country, while Longford succeeded in increasing its ranking on the litter league table.
Dog fouling and gum will be major points of emphasis for IBAL in the 2012 programme. “Dog fouling in particular has become a high profile issue in the past year,” Dr Tom Cavanagh, Chairman IBAL, explained. “We’re receiving lots of feedback from members of the public abhorred by dog fouling on pavements and we know some authorities are giving out free scoopers, while dog nappies are being considered by others. As for gum, people are understandably intolerant of this insidious and unhygienic form of litter.”