Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in coffee cup and PPE litter.
This follows a nationwide litter survey from the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) which stated that for the first time in 13 years, fewer than half of the towns surveyed were deemed clean.
Of the 37 towns inspected by An Taisce, 24 of them showed an increase in litter.
IBAL spokesperson Conor Horgan stated, “The decline in cleanliness is less a case of the poorer areas getting worse, but of previously clean towns slipping to littered,”.
Mr Horgan added, Covid is clearly a factor here, but we should never accept litter as inevitable. It comes down to people disposing of their waste without regard for their surroundings or their fellow citizens and it is entirely unnecessary.”