County Councillors have called for a suitable site in Stradbally to be made available to erect a new bottle bank.
The previous bottle bank was at the Market House in the town but it was removed during the regeneration works which took place a few years ago.
It was moved to down near the playground but was soon removed as Cllr Paschal McEvoy contends that it was “moved to an area where it shouldn’t have been moved to”.
Speaking at a recent Municipal meeting, where Cllr Tom Mulhall brought the motion forward, Cllr McEvoy asked for a site to be made available as currently people have to go to Timahoe or Portlaoise to recycle their glass.
He said: “For some reason or another, people just don’t want them near them.
“It’s a pity really because people are looking for them and if anyone knows of a site in Stradbally, we’d be more than willing to listen to them.
“There was also one in Vicarstown, but it’s not there now so people have to go as far as Portlaoise to use the bottle bank.
“There was talk of putting one somewhere in the town and a man came up to my door and told me he’d get up a petition against it.”
Martina Bracken, an Administrative officer at the council’s environment section, said: “The environment office has secured new bins for bring banks in Co Laois, including Stradbally.
“A suitable location in Stradbally is being actively pursued.”
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