Calls to examine whether Ireland should build more incinerators to deal with country's waste

There is a call to examine whether we should be building more incinerators to deal with the country's waste.

It is after it was revealed Ireland only exported 7% less waste since the Poolbeg plant in Dublin opened in 2017.

Poolbeg Chimneys.

That is despite it running at capacity since December, with the potential to burn 600,000 tonnes a year.

Shane Byrne from Arklow Waste Disposal says there is a simple reason why we are still exporting so much rubbish.

He said: "We are producing more waste, that's it unfortunately.

"The stats are showing, with the introduction of the brown bin, households are actually producing more volume, more tonnage so we have to find somewhere to put in.

"Landfills can only take so many tonnes in and with the EPA restricting licences on that, it makes it more difficult."

- Digital Desk


Related Articles

Contaminated seas could see killer whale populations halved in decades

Here are the areas most at risk from sinkholes in Ireland

Taiwan’s capital brings in ‘cash for rubbish’ waste disposal scheme

Decision delayed on 'alternative fuels' Irish Cement plan after thousands of objections submitted

More in this Section

Michael D Higgins and Sean Gallagher to take part in live presidential debate tomorrow

Man who stabbed friend over can of beer found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter

Man found dismembered in canal had transferred €50,000 to killer's account

Man serving 10-year prison sentence convicted for using false documents to secure mortgatge


Breaking Stories

Theatre: Dublin Theatre Festival

Live music: Paul Brady & Andy Irvine - Cork Opera House

GameTech: Set for next generation hardware

A tonic for the troops: Rhys Darby went from the New Zealand army to Flight of the Conchords

More From The Irish Examiner