Site for incinerator yet to be decided

A draft regional waste management plan for Kerry, Clare and Limerick has failed to identify a location for an incinerator. This is despite the fact that 2 of the region’s 3 main landfills are to run out of capacity in the next few years. Kerry County Council currently has an application with the Environmental Protection Agency to extend the licensed capacity of its landfill at Muingnaminnane. The site will run out of capacity in 4 years time.Meanwhile in Limerick the landfill at Gortnadromma will be full next year. In a feasibility study for the mid-west region it’s already been confirmed that thermal treatment is required however no progress has been made on a location for this incinerator. Those behind the new draft regional waste management plan say the location will depend on proposals by the private sector. An incinerator would treat between 200 thousand and 250 thousand tonnes of waste each year. The amount of waste produced in Kerry, Clare and Limerick has almost tripled in the last number of years.

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