Incinerator fear aired at waste plan discussion
CONCERN was raised at a recent meeting of Wicklow County Council that a waste incinerator could be on the cards for the county as part of a new waste management for the Eastern and Midlands region.
Director of Services Bryan Doyle informed members that the county is now joined in a waste plan for the region which will be seeking submissions from the public.
He outlined that 12 local authorities led by Dublin City Council will cater for the waste management of a population of 2.2 million.
Mr Doyle also said that targets of the plan will to be to reduce the quantity of household waste produced as well as to increase recycling and reuse of municipal waste by 50 per cent by 2020.
He said that a particular target of the plan will be to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
‘It reflects the introduction of brown bins and then, continuing on that, the three-bin process and also we all will be required to pay by weight, which is the next phase. So automatically we as end users will have our ordinary black bin, we’ll have our green bin and a brown bin. At the moment our brown bin takes an amalgam of stuff; that will change. The major issue for the users is how they are going to weigh the refuse, what type of trucks, when the trucks will come, so it’s a question of cost,’ he said.
Cllr Joe Behan expressed concern that, if landfills will not feature in future, will an incinerator be required.
‘I’m also slightly concerned about something else you said Director, which was you seemed to be advancing a case that maybe another incinerator might be needed for hazardous waste in the region. Am I getting that wrong or is that what you were thinking is going to happen? And if that is the case where will these decisions be made?’ he asked.
‘ The only facility that is required in the country is what I said, hazard outside waste facility, that will more than likely be hazard outside waste landfill,’ responded Mr Doyle. ‘You remember the targets that everything has to be either recycled or composted, so you are talking about compost bin, your food bin and then the black bin will be the residual that will go to landfill or to the facilities, the waste energy facility that’s on our doorstep is one, we have a landfill that has a life expectancy up to 2020 I think, all the local authority landfills will close, Wexford is closed, our one is full, so there is the facility in Kildare, they are the two facilities in Leinster. So the idea is to drive recycling.’