Irish Business Against Litter membership includes top Irish business and commercial enterprise. Its members believe that continued economic success – especially in areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment - depends on a clean litter free environment. The IBAL League is a national anti-litter initiative involving local authorities, local communities and business. The main objective of the League is to encourage improvement in local authority performance in tackling litter through publication of a league table for the participating towns/cities.
Under the League, participating towns are monitored by An Taisce, on behalf of IBAL, and the results are published in a league format in the national media. The main objective of the League is to encourage improvement in local authority performance in tackling litter through publication of the monitoring results. The League has helped reduce litter pollution in the majority of the participating towns and fostered greater community support (via commercial, residential, tidy towns groups, etc.) for local authority anti-litter actions arising from the heightened public awareness of the litter problem in those towns. Awards are made to litter-free towns at a ceremony in Dublin in December each year, with a plaque for the overall winner.
An annual comparison of League results shows significant improvement in litter levels throughout the country since the League was established in 2002.
In 2016, over 65% of towns and cities participating in the survey were adjudicated to be clean or cleaner than the European average. Of the 40 participating towns and cities, 13 were classified as 'Cleaner than European norms', and a further 14 were classified as 'Clean to European norms'.