Litter Control

Tidiness and Litter Control
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Tidy Towns Adjudication Criteria:

Litter: The adjudicator will assess the absence of litter and dumping, evidence of litter control strategy, including regular litter patrols, segregation of collected litter during clean-ups and promotion of anti-litter awareness throughout community.

What is Litter?
The Definition of litter according to Litter Pollution Act, 1997  “litter” means a substance or object, whether or not intended as waste (other than waste within the meaning of the Waste Management Act, 1996, which is properly consigned for disposal) that, when deposited in a place other than a litter receptacle or other place lawfully designated for the deposit, is or is likely to become unsightly, deleterious, nauseous or unsanitary, whether by itself or with any other such substance or object, and regardless of its size or volume or the extent of the deposit;

Litter is always caused by inconsiderate people, who have no pride in their surroundings. Litter is waste in the wrong place it ruins the appearance of our cities, towns, villages, our residential areas beaches, river courses and the countryside generally.

Examples of Litter:

  • Cigarette butts;
  • Sweet wrappers / Fast Food / “Breakfast Roll” wrappers;
  • Dog fouling;
  • Fly-tipping household goods on roadsides;
  • Broken bottles or Cans left in public areas;
  • Plastic bags / bottles;
  • Weeds;
  • Plastic bags / bottles;
  • Graffiti;
  • Unpainted / poorly maintained buildings;
  • Inappropriate / excessive signage;

Local Authorities such as Kildare County Council spend a considerable amount of their annual budget cleaning the streets of towns and villages in County Kildare, so those inconsiderate people who litter our streets are costing you money. These funds would be put too much better use in repairing our roads and footpaths, and providing leisure and community services for the people of County Kildare.

We understand that sweeping our streets and collecting litter is nearly ten times more expensive per tonne than collecting domestic waste.

How can you help?

In the first instsnce Do Not Litter!

  • Select a known “grot spot” in your own locality and clear the litter;
  • Remove litter from approach roads to your town / residential area;
  • Simply spend fifteen minutes clearing weeds / litter from in front of your house;
  • Clearing weeds / litter from in front of your shop or business premises;
  • Help with your Residents Association’s litter-pick and weed control projects ;
  • Paint communal railings / street furniture;
  • Where possible segregate litter for recycling – Glass, Cans, paper etc.;

Where can I report Littering in a public place?

Kildare County Council’s FREE PHONE Litter Line–1800 243 143

FixYourStreet is operated on behalf of all local authorities in Ireland, by South Dublin County Council, where non-emergency issues such as graffiti, road defects, issues with street lighting, water leaks/drainage issues, and litter or illegal dumping can be reported. Issues raised on FixYourStreet will be responded to within 2 working days. The response available through the website will always be given by an official of the relevant Council

Tá an seirbhís seo ar fáil trí Gaeilge, seiceáil an suíomh gréasáin le haghaidh thuilleadh sonraí Deisigh do Shráid .


About Us


Newbridge Tidy Towns Association is continuously working on projects designed to enhance the appearance of the town for the residents, visitors and business community.

Please explore our website - how could you become involved?

Contact us with ideas and suggestions, let us have your feedback.

Perhaps we can all work together to enhance the appearance of Newbridge

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How To Help


Work parties meet as follows:

October - March at the Watering Gates each SATURDAY morning at 9.30 am.

April - September - Meet at the Watering Gates each TUESDAY evening at 7.30 pm.

Please check our Twitter Feed for updates.

Monthly planning meeting:

Parish Centre, Station Road at 8.30 pm. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Meetings or work parties generally last one hour all are welcome.

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