‘Unsightly’ bottle banks to be moved in Tipperary town

Plans are in train to move ‘unsightly’ bottle banks in the middle of Tipperary town, which had become a public order nuisance.

Plans are in train to move ‘unsightly’ bottle banks in the middle of Tipperary town, which had become a public order nuisance.

Cllr Mary Houra Hannigan said residents in the area of the Bank Place car park were “very upset”.

Cllr Denis Leahy said there had been ongoing anti-social behaviour near a site of bottle banks in a car park in the centre of town. Restaurant owners were “not happy” with the “unsightly” recycling centre, along with nearby late night activities. “The residents should have been consulted,” he said. The bottle banks were in an area away from the street. New plans will see them put towards the front, and surrounded by shrubbery and CCTV to deter vandals. Cllr Leahy said he had received “some serious phonecalls” about the bottle banks. The big multiples like “Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi” should provide their customers with bottle banks. “If you buy bottles in my public house, I have to facilitate getting rid of them,” he said. SuperValu does have a bottle bank. The big multiple stores sell huge amounts of alcohol and “cases of wine” without the facility to bring back those bottles. “These people sell more alcohol than anybody else in this country. In this day and age they should be civic minded enough to put in a bottle bank, then we would not have the problems we do,” added Cllr Leahy.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.