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1 Adele O’Connor – BA, MBS Environmental Education Unit An Taisce

2 IBAL Irish Business Against Litter Set up in 1996: alliance of companies sharing a belief that continued economic prosperity – notably in the areas of tourism, food and foreign direct investment – is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment Financially Assisted By:

3 IBAL Members Merrion Hotel CRH Ireland’s Blue Book Unilever Pepsico Irish Tree Centre Musgrave Group Janssen Shamrock Foods Ltd Irish Hotels Federation Costelloe and Costelloe KPMG Windsor Motors Ballymaloe Glen Dimplex Kelly’s Hotel Conrad Hotel Allergen Colin Moore – Creative Design Quinn Health Care John Fleming Architect Coillte


5 Positive Aspects of Clean Environment For the common good and the totality of the community

6 Negative Aspects of Litter Effects the way people think about their area Lessens civic pride / Lessens volunteering in the community Leads to other environmental degradation Can make areas feel unsafe

7 “litter” means a substance or object, whether or not intended as waste (other than waste within the meaning of the Waste Management Act, 1996, which is properly consigned for disposal) that, when deposited in a place other than a litter receptacle or other place lawfully designated for the deposit, is or is likely to become unsightly, deleterious, nauseous or unsanitary, whether by itself or with any other such substance or object, and regardless of its size or volume or the extent of the deposit; Definition Of Litter

8 If you own / are responsible for a place to which the public have access, you are obliged by law to keep the place litter-free, regardless of how the litter got there The owner / occupier of property that can be seen from a public place is obliged to keep the property free of litter. Litter – Public Places and Private Property

9 Ideally: Reduces the cost of cleaning for the LA Enhances the appearance of the town / city If properties are seen to be cleaning their own premises it may change the attitude to litter over time.

10 From Jan – June 2008 a total of 14,276 litter fines were served nationwide – of these only 45% were paid Enforcement of litter laws is the most effective way of ensuring a litter free environment - Huge room for improvement Monies collected to be used in law enforcement with regard to Litter Litter Fines -

11 “IBAL’s experience is that if a town achieves litter free status for 2 / 3 years it tends to stay Clean” (20/10/08) Once clean, it costs less to keep a town clean Litter attracts Litter Quote from Dr. Tom Cavanagh

12 BEGAN IN 2002 – 29 TOWNS / CITIES 4 SURVEYS 2009 – 60 TOWNS / CITIES 2 SURVEYS These are Surveys – a snapshot of a situation on a particular day / time – it is not a census IBAL Anti-Litter League

13 2002 – just 2 out of 29 towns / cities surveyed were Litter Free with majority either ‘Heavily’ or ‘Very Heavily Littered’ 2009 – 39 out of 60 towns / cities (i.e. 65%) were Clean to European Norms with only 2 Litter Blackspots Schools and train stations have shown significant improvement – over 90% of schools and 65% of train stations were litter free – August 2009 Third Level Colleges / Universities – Hugely improved – UCC First Green Flag Progress

14 53 TOWNS / CITIES -i.e. 48 towns and 5 cities 10 sites per town (20+ sites per city) Sites / Days / Time / Location Types will vary 2 SURVEYS – final result based on performance of both surveys *** First time to recognise provincial winners - Tree award at year end Methodology 2010

15 Quantitative and Qualitative Info: Site Name Location Type Litter Grade (A, B, C or D) Background Environmental Indicators Date / Day / Time / Weather Comment Photographic Evidence Survey Form Completed by Trained Surveyor Separate Form for each site

16 Grade A = Clean to European Norms = 3 Points Grade B = Moderately Littered = 2 Points Grade C = Serious Litter Problem = 1 Points Grade D = Litter Blackspot = 0 Points Survey Form – Litter Grades

17 (CR) between 0-100 CR is determined by number of Grades A, B C and D CR = [(Total Raw Score / Maximum Score) x 100] e.g. of a town surveyed with 10 sites: 5 Grade As 3 Grade Bs 1 Grade C 1 Grade D = 22/30 X 100 CR = 73 Cleanliness Rating - CR

18 The top category towns in the last survey averaged: 70% Grade A 15% Grade B 15% Grade C 0% Grade D

19 Main Shopping Street Public Car Park Train / Bus Station School / College / University Residential Industrial Estate Public Park River Walk / Promenade Heritage / Amenity Approach Roads – 40% of sites Miscellaneous ** frequently very poor sites – lack of ‘ownership’ Location Type

20 Approach Roads 40% of sites One rural area in Ireland: 30% of households had no evidence of registered bin collection

21 Chewing Gum Gum Litter Task Force 2006-2009 Chewing gum is litter. There is a €150 for littering. The GLT campaign encourages the public to dispose of their gum responsibly in a bin. IBAL asks Was anybody ever fined for spitting out chewing gum?

22 Chewing Gum Current Gum – 25 years on the street – should this be sold? Options for Chewing Gum?

23 Chewing Gum Options Biodegradable Gum (can be swallowed or disintegrates in 24 hours) Or Current Gum with additive to degrade in 2-4 weeks Or Current Gum with extra tax Or Ban Gum – Singapore option

24 IBAL on Twitter August 2010 – Citizens are encouraged to alert local authorities to litter blackspots in their area by emailing images from their phone to

25 Example of Photo submitted on Twitter Main road from Waterford City out to Tramore

26 Inniscarra Recreation (!) area west of Cork city. This was the scene on Wed 1st Sept at 1:30pm Example of Photo submitted on Twitter

27 Café Anti-Litter Notice

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