Wednesday 17 January 2018

No site selected for new bottle bank facilities

John Manning

THERE are no obvious sites in the Holywell and Kinsealy area that will be suitable for new bottle bank recycling facilities but the council said it would continue to search for an appropriate site in the area.

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) asked the council to site new bottle bank recycling facilities in Holywell and Kinsealy but was told by the council that the request was not as simple as it may seem.

The local authority said it had four main criteria in finding suitable sites for bottle banks. It must have the permission of the landowner, the site must have adequate parking, it must be accessible for HGVs required to empty the banks and there must be clearance from overhead cables.

In a written report on the issue, the council's environment department explained: 'The shared site at Holywell Community Centre was investigated with a view to placing a bottle bank site in the area. Unfortunately it was considered unsuitable.'

The site was ruled out because it was too close to a primary school which was considered a safety risk, with broken glass commonly found around bottle banks. The car park on site was gated and limited access at certain times and access for HGVs was also restricted.

The council listed a number of existing bottle banks close to the area but said it would continue to search for new sites to serve Holywell and Kinsealy.

Cllr Lavin (FG) said he was 'disappointed' that a suitable site had not yet been found in the area but he welcomed the fact that the council was prepared to continue the search.

Fingal Independent

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