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Friday 9 December 2016

Three Dublin waste firms in top 10 'smelliest sites' on EPA's complaints list

Three Dublin waste facilities were among the top 10 sites for odour complaints to the Environmental Protection Agency last year (stock image)
Three Dublin waste facilities were among the top 10 sites for odour complaints to the Environmental Protection Agency last year (stock image)

Three Dublin waste facilities were among the top 10 sites for odour complaints to the Environmental Protection Agency last year.

Greyhound Recycling and Recovery in Clondalkin was the subject of the most complaints, with 56 grievances lodged with the EPA. It marked a jump of 25 complaints compared to the previous year.

Thornton's Recycling Plant in Ballyfermot was the subject of 39 complaints - a drop of 21 from 2013.

The Herald previously highlighted a grassroots campaign which local residents had restarted in a bid to encourage people to contact the EPA in relation to smells coming from the plant.

Oxigen Environmental in Louth had 33 complaints made against it for a bad smell.

The three plants are on a list of 10 which accounted for 70pc of the 788 complaints which were made last year, the EPA said.

Last year, three plants were prosecuted in relation to odour breaches and some €28,000 in fines and court costs had to be forked out by the offending companies.

Oxigen Environmental had to pay €9,000 for breaches at their Louth facility,

Irish Country Meats in Navan were fined €10,439.29.

Dublin Products Ltd, in Co Wicklow, paid out €8,643.60.

Nuisance

"People living near industrial and waste sites should not be exposed to nuisance odour or noise," Gerard O'Leary, Director of the EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement, said.

"We take every complaint seriously and will investigate and take the necessary enforcement action to resolve nuisance issues in relation to licensed sites.

"We would encourage the public to continue to report environmental problems so that they can be resolved speedily."

The EPA also noted that, while traditionally waste facilities were the main cause of poor smells in an area leading to a complaint, the food and drink industry was now attracting more complaints.

The EPA also revealed in its report on air quality in Ireland that Oxigen were fined €18,000 over a fire that raged in their Dublin depot for five days.

The fire occurred in their Ballymount facility in January, 2014.

The company were subsequently prosecuted by the EPA for mishandling the cardboard, paper and other recyclables in the facility.

The report also dealt with noise complaints filed last year.

The EPA received 149 complaints in relation to noise from licensed sites. Some 80pc of these complaints related to five individual sites.

The food and drink processing sector accounted for 64pc of these complaints. Last year, the EPA initiated 49 formal investigations.

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