Cork City Council has moved to defend the work of the council in relation to litter management following the publication of the Irish Businesses Against Litter (IBAL) report yesterday.
The local authority said it welcomed the publication of the latest IBAL report but said the ranking in the northside was “disappointing” and does not reflect the work of the City Council and of local community groups.
Speaking on the issue, Operations Director of Services, Valerie O'Sullivan said: " We are very pleased that Cork City Centre has again performed well in the litter survey. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the City Council’s street sweeping crews who are out 7 days a week from early morning to late in the evening".
"The improvement in the ranking of Mahon reflects the focusing of resources in the area by both the Litter Management and Cleansing sections in recent months. However the ranking in relation to the North City Area is disappointing and does not reflect the work carried out by both the City Council and Community Groups in these areas,"
Calling on the public to assist in keeping Cork clean and making Cork a cleaner place Ms O’Sullivan said: " Cork City Council has a role in the upkeep of the public realm however we cannot solve the problem of littering on our own.
“Tackling the issue must be done in conjunction and partnership with all the citizens of our City and an element of personal responsibility must be brought to bear to resolve the scourge of littering and illegal dumping.
“Cork City Council will be reviewing the IBAL report findings with a view to assessing what changes, further actions or new initiatives need to be carried out to help bring about better outcomes for the whole City in future surveys."
The Operations Director also outlined the steps that will be taken in 2020 to target illegal dumping including using CCTV, working with community groups to gather information and organise clean-ups.
Other initiatives include door to door interaction with people in the area to establish what waste collection service they have as well as gathering information on possible dumpers.
The council will also said they will be targeting those that do not have evidence of waste collection service in the area and enforcing Litter Pollution Acts and Waste Presentation Bye-Laws as well as running awareness campaigns in relation to dumping and environmental effects.