Residents face week of odours over landfill works

RESIDENTS living around Cork city’s former landfill site have been warned to expect odours from the site next week as contractors begin relocating waste as part of a major capping project.

Cork City Council said the work at the Kinsale Road landfill site should take about a week, it will be done as quickly as possible, and steps will be taken to keep any disruption to a minimum. The council has appointed a contractor to carry out the capping and restoration works on the site, which ceased landfilling operations last year.

The area to be capped in this phase measures about nine hectares (22 acres) and the works are scheduled to be undertaken between now and October 2011.

“To achieve the final contours required, it will be necessary to excavate and relocate waste material within the landfill site,” the council said yesterday.

“The bulk of the excavation works are scheduled to commence on Monday, July 26, next and be completed within one week.

“These excavation works are likely to give rise to odours, and mitigation measures will be put in place to deal with it.

“Cork City Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these necessary works.

“Every effort will be made to minimise the impact and to ensure that the movement of waste is completed as quickly as possible.”

The Kinsale Road dump site on the outskirts of Cork city accepted its last lorry loads of rubbish last July bringing to an end more than 40 years of dumping on the site.

An estimated three million tonnes of waste have been landfilled on the 150-acre site since it opened in 1965.

Since last July, domestic rubbish from city households has been taken to two licensed waste facilities – one in Glanmire and one in Forge Hill – for sorting.

It is then transferred on by road to a county council landfill in Youghal.

The arrangement is expected to remain in place until the Bottlehill superdump in north Cork is open and operational.

The civic amenity operations at the Kinsale Road landfill – the recycling centre, compost facility and timber recovery facility – are operating as normal.

The site is also continuing with its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) operations.

Most of the vast site has been capped and landscaped as part of city council plans to transform it into a Phoenix Park-style public park, complete with playing pitches and an area that will be designed to host public events like concerts and circuses.

The site hosted a major car rally earlier this year.


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