Portlaoise cleans up in litter league table

Portlaoise Town is now clean to European Norms, according to the latest set of results from the Irish Business Against Litter.

Portlaoise Town is now clean to European Norms, according to the latest set of results from the Irish Business Against Litter.

Portlaoise was ranked the 26th cleanest town or city in Ireland out of 40 surveyed, this is a huge improvement on last year, when Portlaoise was deemed to be ‘moderately littered’ and ranked third from the bottom of the litter league.

The final litter survey for 2014 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows a record 85% of towns and cities were Clean to European Norms last year.

This is the first time that the IBAL Litter league results have been inline with the results of the Tidy Towns competition, in which Portlaoise were silver award winners last year.

This years Tidy Towns adjudicator commented that the committee were paying a lot of attention to litter and said that the results were obvious as they travelled through the town.

Chairperson of Portlaoise Tidy Towns Committee, Kathleen O’Brien said she was delighted with the latest IBAL results.

“It’s a huge improvement. It’s great to be going back up the table again,” Kathleen said.

The tidy town stalwart said she was absolutely thrilled with the result.

“A lot of hard work has been done by the Tidy Towns committee and the local traders and it’s great to get the results.

“There is very little litter around and we are lucky that there isn’t much graffatti in the town either, as this is also taken into consideration.”

Kathleen also paid tribute to the council’s outdoor staff: “Credit is also due to the outdoor staff of Laois County Council who keep on top of the dumping and the dashboard dining.

“Overall the committee are just thrilled with the results.”

The council have also issued an appeal for anyone who is looking for something to do for the New Year to get involved with their local tidy towns group. These groups work tirelessly to improve the areas in which you live, a few hours a week can make a huge difference.