MANAGEMENT at Kerry County Council are seeking help from the private sector in order to keep the North Kerry landfill operational.
New EU legislation means that, in order to keep the landfill open, the council must drastically reduce the amount of organic waste going into the dump, something management say they are not in a position to do without help from a private company.
Under EU law, by next July organic waste must account for not more than 40 per cent of the waste that is put into the landfill. While the council has been able to meet previously imposed EU limits on organic waste disposal in its main dump, management said it would be unable to meet the new 40 per cent limit.
If it cannot meet the threshold the landfill site will have to be shut down and Kerry's waste sent elsewhere, potentially at a significant cost.
Kerry County Council is now seeking a private sector partner with expertise in the "pre-treatment of organic material prior to disposal in landfill" (ie composting) with whom a partnership could be formed allowing the landfill site to remain open and operational.
KCC Director of Environmental Services Oliver Ring said the council currently doesn't have the expertise to carry out pre-treatment work at the level required and needs help from the private sector if the 40 per cent target is to be met.
Mr Ring said the council intends to keep the landfill but to do so changes will have to be made to how it is operated. Management have now formally sought expressions of interest from the private sector and will report back to the council on their progress in the new year.