County Limerick dump will probably close by 2013 as levels of waste continue to fall

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

THE volume of waste going into Gortadroma has fallen drastically, the director of services, Gerry Behan said this week. In addition, the cost per tonne charged for waste has also fallen.

THE volume of waste going into Gortadroma has fallen drastically, the director of services, Gerry Behan said this week. In addition, the cost per tonne charged for waste has also fallen.

And it is now highly probable that councillors will be asked to close the landfill Gortadroma when it comes to the end of its life at the end of 2012.

There has been downward pressure on price and tonnage for some time, Mr Behan told the Limerick Leader this week while Government levies, which have to be charged on top of tonnage, are set to rise from €50 this year to €75 in 2013.

“Landfill is regarded as the worst option for disposal of waste,” Mr Behan said, and Ireland had signed up to the European Landfill Directive which discourages landfill.

There are currently 30 landfills nationwide but this number is set to fall to 20 next year. “It will probably be down to ten in the next couple of years,” he added.

In local authority areas near Limerick, he pointed out, the large landfill at Bottlehill in Cork never opened while Inagh in Clare is closed and a landfill in South Tipperary is due to close.

All landfill sites are struggling, he said although he pointed out that Limerick County Council had succeeded in keeping costs down in Gortadroma, despite the fall in income.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 1, 2011