In­cin­er­a­tor fear aired at waste plan dis­cus­sion

Bray People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

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.’

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