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Sunday 21 January 2018

Council 'spinning' capital's waste woe

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

DUBLIN City Council was accused yesterday of "scaremongering" by signing new contracts to export the capital's waste for landfilling in Cavan and Kildare.

The council revealed yesterday that it would spend €20m shipping the waste to other counties for disposal, blaming the hold-up in building the incinerator at Poolbeg for the deepening waste crisis in the city.

But opponents of the controversial waste-to-energy plant said yesterday the facility was not due to be completed until at least 2012, and accused the city council of failing to provide landfill capacity in the city.

The Irish Waste Management Association said blaming the lack of an incinerator was disingenuous and comments that the council could send waste to Galway and other counties was an attempt to "scaremonger" local communities.

"Comments from Dublin City Council that the local authority expected the Poolbeg incinerator to be operational by the start of 2011 -- and that this is the reason why waste is to be treated outside Dublin -- are nothing more than disingenuous spin," spokesman Brendan Keane said.

Irish Independent

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