Waste dis­posal com­pany set to dou­ble its rub­bish in­take to fifty tonnes

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

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.

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