BUS drivers in Strabane this week put the finishing touches to a can-tastic new piece of signage.
Using hundreds of discarded drinks cans which would have gone to recycling, the local Translink staff have crafted a multi-coloured new ‘Strabane’ sign, in block capitals some eight feet tall.
A follow-on project after the drivers established a well-being garden and allotment space at the local depot, the sign is their next attempt at enhancing their outdoors space.
“We finished the garden at the end of last year and I was wondering what we could do next,” leader driver in Strabane, Gerard Porter explained.
“I was in Belfast one day and I saw a monument made out of bottles. I thought maybe we could do something similar but with cans.
“Every day school weans have loads of cans on the buses – there’s cans galore. Normally, they go to the recycling plant but I thought we could use them. All the cans you see are from buses and we have 12 buses that are cleaned out every day – cans galore.
“It probably took us about four months to do the sign, a letter at a time. We gradually worked our way across it.
“There’s probably hundreds of cans in it.”
According to Gerard, so far the reaction from the public has been wholly positive.
He continued, “People say it’s great – they can’t believe it.
“We used chicken wire to fix them in place. It took a while but we took our time and we got there. Passengers can’t miss it.”