Mini-power plant will turn rubbish into energy
A MINI-power plant which will produce enough electricity for 5,000 homes from household rubbish will be open for business by the end of the year.
Yesterday Environment Minister John Gormley turned the sod on the country's first mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant, which will be built in Navan, Co Meath at a cost of €21m and operated by Panda Waste.
The MBT plant will convert more than 250,000 tonnes of black bin waste, which would have gone to landfill, into a coal substitute for cement production.
Compost for agricultural use will also be produced and 1.3MW of electricity is to be fed directly to the power grid -- enough to power 5,000 homes.
Ireland faces the prospect of being forced to pay millions of euro in EU fines if it fails to stop sending waste to landfill.
Mr Gormley said the plant was an "outstanding example" of the type of environmentally sustainable development he wants to see brought in.
Panda said that 40 jobs would be created when the plant opens.