Letterkenny has retained its clean status in the latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter.
In IBALs final survey of 2020, Letterkenny also rose to 15th place in the ranking of 37 towns and cities.
Kilkenny again took top spot, ahead of Killarney and Ennis. According to the report, litter levels continue to rise nationwide, with fewer than half of the towns surveyed deemed clean.
The An Taisce report for Letterkenny stated: “It is pleasing to note how Letterkenny has established itself as a consistently clean town. Over half of the sites surveyed in the town got the top litter grade.
These included the residential area of Hawthorn Heights, the grounds of Church of Ireland (Conwal Parish Church) and Upper Main Street.
The report stated that what sets these and other top-ranking sites apart was not just the absence of litter but the overall presentation and maintenance of the environment.
However, the residential area of Ard Adhamnain and the Recycle Bank at Donegal County Council Offices both suffered from heavy accumulations of litter.
In all, litter levels rose in 24 of the 37 towns and cities inspected by An Taisce at the end of 2020, resulting in only 17 being judged to be clean – a fall of over 25% on last summer and in sharp contrast to just 3 years ago, when 80% were clean.