Sunday 18 March 2018

Contracts in place for 90pc of plant's capacity

The shell-like structure of the new incinerator at Poolbeg Photo: Damien Eagers
The shell-like structure of the new incinerator at Poolbeg Photo: Damien Eagers
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

The operator of the Poolbeg incinerator has contracts in place to treat 540,000 tonnes of waste a year - 90pc of the plant's capacity.

The general manager of Dublin Waste to Energy, John Daly, said the vast bulk would be sourced from the four Dublin local authorities, with the remainder from the east and midlands and a small portion from the south of the county.

Around 70pc of construction works at the €500m plant have been completed, he told the Irish Independent, with testing expected to begin in the first quarter of next year. By September 2017, the plant will be fully operational.

The incinerator has been mired in controversy since it was first proposed in 1996. American company Covanta will build, finance and operate the plant, which has capacity to treat 600,000 tonnes of household waste a year. Mr Daly said it would comply with the highest environmental standards, with any emissions well below legal limits.

He said the controversial pay-by-weight system, which has been postponed until next year, would help ensure that only black bin waste destined for landfill - and not waste destined for composting or recycling - would be processed.

"Pay-by-weight would encourage people to ensure the minimum amount of waste goes into the black bin," he said. "Unfortunately, all of that got lost in the political maelstrom."

Irish Independent

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