Locals in the North Inner City say calling their neighbourhood 'littered' is unfair.
Irish Business Against Litter says there's still no improvement in its six years of monitoring the area.
These residents have told 98FM News it’s a small minority who are causing the mess.
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The city centre, around Dublin Airport, Tallaght, Balbriggan and Ballymun have seen an improvement and are 'clean to European norms.'
But the anti-litter group says the dropping of rubbish like cigarette butts continues to be a problem in the North Inner City because there isn't any 'buy-in' from the community.
Conor Horgan has told 98FM News 'there's a lack of community involvement in the cause. You don't have a Tidy Towns committee like you have in towns around Ireland. You don't have the same neighbourhood groups to help out the council. The council is doing a lot but there doesn't seem to be a community there that can take on its work and keep it clean over a sustained period.'
Asked whether bin charges and policy changes are contributing to the problem of illegal dumping Conor says 'the more we ask people to pay for disposing our waste, the more a certain section of the population will decide to evade charges and that will lead to dumping.'
IBAL recommends the local authority continues to reach out to the community, to get groups to take on the baton because 'up and down the country we've seen its where the Tidy Towns groups and others come on board that you get a town clean over a sustained period.'
Mr Horgan acknowledges that disadvantaged areas have to deal with more social problems and neglect and a lot of the community groups are consumed with dealing with grave issues like homelessness and addiction.
"I suppose it's natural that they wouldn't pay the same attention to something like litter."