River Shannon in Carrick-on-Shannon declared among cleanest waterways in Ireland

The River Shannon in Carrick-on-Shannon is one of only seven locations nationwide which has been declared clean to European norms in a new litter survey.

The survey carried out by the Irish Businesses against Litter group revealed that only 16% of coastal areas and waterways surveyed are clean.

A study of 42 areas across the country revealed that only 1 in 6 were deemed ‘clean’, while 14 percent were classed as ‘littered’ or ‘heavily littered.’

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The most common forms of litter found were food wrappers, plastic bottles, cans and cigarette butts.

Carrick received top marks along with areas such as Lough Rea in Galway and the River Nore in Kilkenny.

The Shannon in Athlone was declared moderately littered.