Naas in Co Kildare has been named Ireland’s cleanest town in a survey of 40 towns and cities.
The latest Irish Business Against Litter survey found litter rose slightly on a national basis in 2020, particularly in cities.
Litter from personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the pandemic, such as face masks and disposable gloves was at its highest level since the pandemic began.
Naas finished ahead of Portlaoise and Ennis to record its first win in the yearly rankings.
An Taisce, which carries out the surveys for IBAL, found every location it visited in the Kildare town to be ‘virtually free of litter’.
However, there was a slight drop in the number of clean towns nationwide in 2021, to 22.