The facility is earmarked for an advance factory in the Shandon area of Dungarvan, which has remained unoccupied for almost five years since it was presented to Waterford County Council as a gift from Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) in recognition of Waterford’s achievement in becoming the first designated litter-free county.
Since its construction, however, all efforts to attract industry to the building have been unsuccessful and the property has become a target for vandals.
Late last year, several thousands of euro damage was caused when windows were smashed, doors ripped from their hinges, lighting destroyed, and human excrement smeared on the floors and walls.
Members of Dungarvan Town Council want the minister to provide grant aid for the dry recycling operation.
“It will create a number of new jobs, and having such a facility based in Dungarvan will be a huge benefit to local industry,” deputy mayor Cllr Billy Kyne told a meeting of the town council. “I would appeal to the minister, Martin Cullen, to provide the grant aid which he has given a clear commitment to provide, and I believe it’s an appeal the minister will respond positively to.”
Waterford County Manager Donal Connolly confirmed that their application for grant aid has already been submitted to the Department of the Environment.
They have also applied for an Environmental Protection Agency licence in, he said, and he is hopeful they will have that within a matter of weeks.
Mr Connolly said a dry recycling facility in Dungarvan would be a huge boost to industry and the county. He is confident it will be operational soon.