Dublin has been named a litter blackspot in the latest litter survey.
However, the cities of Waterford, Galway and Kilkenny received a clean bill of health in the latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter.
Dublin has been slammed for its worst result in years as the IBAL found that large parts of the capital, including the approach roads from Dublin Airport ,were heavily littered.
The organisation warns that the rise in vacant and derelict properties is contributing to increased litter and unsightliness in certain areas.
The league table of 53 areas across the country showed two–thirds of towns and cities to be clean to European norms, among them the cities of Waterford, Galway and, for the first time, Cork.
Also for the first time since the survey, Killarney took the accolade of cleanest town
Sweet wrappers were the most prevalent source of litter, followed by cigarette butts, fast food wrappings, plastic bottles and chewing gum
The cleanliness rating for the country as whole was the highest since IBAL began its surveys 10 years ago, with over 20 towns deemed to be cleaner than European equivalents.