There were two toxic diesel sludge dumping incidents last week when three IBC’s each containing 1000 litres of toxic sludge were been found dumped at Drumgoolan and another three IBC’s found under the Railway Bridge on the Haggardstown Road.
Louth County Council’s contractor recovered and processed the six containers.
Six IBC’s were also recovered from Corcreeghagh and Ballykelly earlier this month.
Since the beginning of the 2014 there have been a total of 26 toxic diesel sludge dumping incidents involving 92 tonnes of the toxic material. The cost of recovery and disposal so far this year is estimated at approximately €78,000.
Last year the local authority dealt with 105 incidents accounting for 698 tonnes of toxic diesel sludge. This cost the County Council and the Irish exchequer €686,000 to recover and dispose of.
The recovery and disposal process requires the physical recovery of the material and its container from the dump site and the possible disposal of the trailer when material is left in same. The toxic sludge is then decanted into new IBC’s suitable for transfrontier shipping and the material is then shipped to Holland for disposal.
Louth County Council encourages members of the public to report any information they might have of any of the unauthorised dumping.