NAAS continues to fly high when it comes to keeping their town clean.
It was ranked fourth out of 40 towns in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) results and once more held on to its ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ title.
Representatives of the local Tidy Towns committee and Kildare Co Council travelled to Dublin yesterday morning (Monday) to collect their award.
Members of the group thanked all involved in securing the great result and reminded the public to always bring their litter home.
An area highlighted by the judges for improvement in the report was the Newbridge Road near the Newhall roundabout.
“We were delighted to get so many grade As,” said Cllr Seamie Moore on behalf of Naas Tidy Towns.
“We were aware of the issue by the bus stops. People are standing around discarding rubbish as they wait for public transport. We are going to look into getting some bins here but we are asking people to bring their rubbish home.”
He said they were disappointed by the remarks about Corban’s Lane as they have worked hard on the area.
“The lunch factor comes in again here,” he said. “Students are having a bite to eat and then they throw away their rubbish or plastic bottles.”
Cllr Moore said Naas Tidy Towns have been competing in this league for 20 years.
“We like to think that we are setting the standards,” he said. “The volunteers are the real back bone of it all. We have four gold Tidy Towns awards, which is a great achievement, it’s a twelve month effort.”
He commended the leaders involved who manage to organise 40-50 volunteers when they target an area and the co operation their receive from Kildare Co Council.
“The following night they could get a different 40-50 people out to help when they target
somewhere else,” he said.
Rubbish being thrown by motorists from cars travelling on the slip roads and entry roads to the town continue to be a problem.
“There are seven major entry roads coming in to Naas which means a lot of people are travelling them going home.
“It is absolutely disgusting to see what people throw out of their windows. We would love if motorists didn’t throw things from their windows, particularly at night or throw away rubbish when they wait at bus stops. Bring your litter home.”
An Taisce, who carry out the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented in its Naas report: “This excellent result mirrors that of earlier in 2018, with 80% of sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. Some examples of these included the Main Street, Tesco Metro, St. Corban’s Primary School and the People’s Park – these areas presented well and are clearly well respected by the users of same.”
manage waste properly and reduce litter. I hope the recognition these awards provide spur others on to come together to make changes in their local areas.”