LOUTH is set to become Dublin’s newest dumping ground following the closure of a Cavan dump operated by private waste company Oxigen.
The closure will see some 25,000 tonnes of Dublin’s household waste sent to landfill sites in Louth and Offaly.
Oxigen took the decision to close its operations at the landfill in Corranure, Co Cavan, four months after being awarded a contract by Dublin County Council to dispose of the capital’s household waste at the site.
The company is planning to close the Cavan operation within the next month following indications from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it intended to refuse a licence for the operation of the Corranure site.
Landfill sites at Whiteriver, Collon, Co Louth, and Derryclure in Tullamore, Co Offaly will then begin accepting an estimated 25,000 tonnes of waste from the capital, according to Dublin City Council.
In its proposed decision the EPA said it was not satisfied the operation of the landfill would not cause environmental pollution. More than 600 complaints had been made to the EPA in relation to foul odours at the Corranure landfill in 2009. The EPA is planning to issue its final decision next May. Oxigen’s contract will continue until June when new tenders will be sought.