CLLR Gerry O’Neill feels big supermarkets should be obliged to provide recycling facilities as part of the planning process.
The independent Councillor was speaking during last Monday’s debate at Wicklow County Council over the potential of charging people to use recycling facilities in County Wicklow so as to help fund renovation works at the current facilities, and for the provision of recycling services in Blessington.
Cllr O’Neill said: “This is something I mentioned here a long time ago. We have three big supermarkets in Blessington, and only one of them, SuperValu, provide recycling. You can purchase cheap German or Dutch drinks in Aldi or Dunnes. Their bottles are brought home, emptied and then recycled at SuperValu.
“It would be a way of placing the onus on the people making money out of this.
“I think a lot of the recycling issues could be solved if we demand recycling facilities. Driving out from west Wicklow and around the place, you see the Lidl’s and the Aldi’s, but no recycling provided at all, not even bottle banks.
"I have said it before here, it should be part of the planning that they must provide the recycling, whether that be bottle banks or whatever. So, even if it's not within the legislation, as it is, surely to God we could come up with something that could demand these stores, even at this late stage, provide the area and the space for recycling?”