Waste disposal company set to double its rubbish intake to fifty tonnes
SLIGO County Council has given the go ahead to a waste disposal firm at Deepwater Quay to double its rubbish intake to 50 tonnes a year.
Starrus Eco Holding Limited trading as Greenstar, has also been given the green light to accept commercial and domestic non- hazardous wastes as well as the acceptance of household hazardous waste at the civic amenity area and commercial hazardous waste in the transfer building.
Under its existing planning permission Greenstar is restricted to accepting 25,000 tonnes of waste annually and does not allow the acceptance of household and commercial hazardous waste.
Planning permission for the development was granted last week by the council which said it would not seriously injure the visual amenities or landscape character of the area; would not have an adverse impact on the integrity of any Natura 2000 sites; would not seriously injure the amenities or property values of residential properties or farms in the vicinity; wuld not be prejudicial to public health and would not have any unacceptable effects on the environment.
The council says the development is of minor scale and does not involve any significant construction works on site which was already developed and serviced and no significant changes were proposed in this regard.
It also stated that the site was of low biodiversity value and was not located within any designated Natura 2000 sites as per the EU Habitats Directive.
Emissions from the proposed development would not be significant and the site was located with an established commercial/ industrial area and was not close to residential areas.
It was also not located in an area that was sensitive in terms of archaeological, architectural or cultural heritage.
The council was of the opinion that the Environmental Impact Assessment Report contained adequate mitigation measures including: all waste processing to be carried out within the building; odour neutralising agents would be used; only baled waste would be stored in open areas; the yard would be dampened down during dry periods to avoid vehicle dust; there would be daily site inspections for vermin, pests and other nuisances; clean surface water is to be separated from wastewater; potentially hazardous materials to be stored in a manner that minimises risks of pollution and appropriate measures will be applied to prevent windblown litter or bales falling into the estuary during loading of ships.
Only rainwater collected from the roof and the access yard to the northwest of the building would be discharged into the Garavogue estuary.
The total weight of waste received every year shall not exceed the following: 43,250 tonnes of non- hazardous waste; 500 tonnes of household hazardous waste and 6,250 tonnes of commercial hazardous waste. The site is located in an area reclaimed from Sligo Bay after the construction of the Deepwater Quay around 1900. There is no record of when the buildings were built but it is likely to have been in the mid 1960s according to engineers who submitted the planning application on behalf of Greenstar. In 1994 Sligo Waste Disposal Ltd acquired the site and it was taken over by Greenstar in 2005.