LOUTH COUNTY council are set to review the decision to close the White River landfill to domestic waste come September thanks to the last minute intervention by a concerned councillor.
The Director of Services told the county council on Monday morning that the dump had been closed to commercial waste as of the weekend and come September it would be closed to domestic waste as well.
According to EPA guideline the landfill is fast approaching its quota of 96,000 tonnes.
Though, due to the interjection of local county Pearse McGeough, the closure of the dump will now be reviewed.
“I would have grave concerns about the impact this could have on the local environment,” says Cllr McGeough. “We should be encouraging people to be using these landfills responsibly, not to be closing them for what will effectively be five months.
“Many of the people who do not partake in a private waste disposal use the landfill on a rolling basis and I would have fears that this may encourage the dumping of waste.”
Cllr McGeough says the idea that people should travel to landfill sites in Monaghan and Meath is ridiculous.
“How can you expect people to make a 40 mile journey to Scotch Corner in Monaghan to dispose of their waste? When I called for the review of this closure it was supported by the other councillors.
What we don’t want to see is a return to way it was a few years ago when people were using the area around Ardee as a dumping ground, though residents would not let that happen now.
“I’d also question why this was only flagged to the council now when the dump is nearly full. As I understand it the majority of the waste would come from commerical end of things and not households.
“There is wonderful work being done by Tidy Town’s committe across the county and this closure could threaten that,” concluded the Kilsaran based councillor.