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‘Illegal dumping is an unending battle’ - Tidy Towns volunteers

Longford Tidy Towns Chairman Andy O'Dowd.

Longford Tidy Towns Chairman Andy O'Dowd.

Tidy Towns volunteers say they are fighting a daily battle to keep Longford clean, despite latest results cementing its position as one of Ireland’s tidiest towns, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Longford Tidy Towns Chairman Andy O’Dowd says illegal dumping is now so bad, litter pickers are coming across up to 120 bags of rubbish each and every week.

“It’s ongoing and it’s all the time,” said Mr O’Dowd.

“This year is the worst it has been for a while and it just seems to be an unfortunate sign of the recession.”

He was speaking in the wake of latest IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) results which showed Longford was now the country’s fourth cleanest town.

Only table topping Kilkenny and counties Cavan and Killarney secured higher marks, an achievement Mr O’Dowd was especially keen to acknowledge.

“Fourth out of 40 isn’t bad now is it?”

More in this week’s Longford Leader.

 

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