Both Letterkenny and Buncrana failed to achieve litter free status in the 2009 litter survey of 60 towns and cities by Irish Business Against Litter, with Letterkenny, which was previously designated Litter Free is now described as Seriously Littered, and classified 56th out of 60 cities and towns.
Buncrana is described as moderately littered, sitting in 41st place on the league table.
In the reports carried out by An Taisce, the two sites described as very poor in Letterkenny were the area around the St. Colmcille Hostel and the area around Fortwell Place. The report says the majority of the sites which had moderate levels of litter don’t need much effort to become top ranking sites.”
An Taisce noted a slight improvement for Buncrana, with praise for the approach roads, the area aroundf Scoil Mhuire and the Festival Park area. However, the report says the area which really let down Buncrana’s overall performance was Seaview Car Park, which An Taisce describe as a litter blackspot.
In an initial reaction to the findings, Letterkenny Tidy Towns Chairman Jim Mc Cormack says while the Foprtwell area is a problem, that is not enough to merit a seriously littered ranking.