Bottle banks rejected due to fear of illegal dumping

By Maurice Garvey 

SHOPPING centres in Clondalkin rejected requests to locate the bottle banks at their sites due to fears about illegal dumping.

Neilstown Shopping Centre, Rowlagh Shopping Centre, Woodford Shopping Centre, and Lidl car park, Nangor Road, all turned down requests from South Dublin County Council to locate bottle banks at their sites.

Neilstown shopping centre

Neilstown Shopping Centre turned down the request

According to SDCC, reasons cited were lack of space and illegal dumping, despite assurances from the council that they would put in stringent cleaning measures.

Clondalkin councillor Madeleine Johansson said: “It’s a real shame that the owners or management companies of local shopping centres are refusing to place recycling facilities on their grounds. There is a massive need for facilities to allow people to recycle bottles and cans in North Clondalkin.

“The nearest facilities are located at the Mill Centre in Clondalkin Village. Shops that sell these products should take some responsibility for providing accessible disposal of the waste.”

The issue of bottle bank facilities was on the agenda at the recent Clondalkin area meeting, and at a previous meeting last May.

SDCC said they investigated a number of sites for possible locations.

Regarding a lay-by along Liscarne Close opposite the Church of Immaculate Heart of Mary, the parish wrote a letter on behalf of the community recommending that they would prefer SDCC include a bottle bank in the proposed new library opposite the church.

SDCC received a petition signed by the residents of St Mark’s estate rejecting a proposal for a bottle bank in the estate and this has been ruled out.

A lay-by along Neilstown Road, adjacent Harelawn Green estate, was examined by the traffic department but ruled out due to the likely increase of traffic in the estate. A proposed bottle bank at Neilstown Road, located 50 metres from Cappaghmore House at the junction of Neilstown Road and Lucan Newlands road, is currently being examined.

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