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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Incinerator could soon handle even more waste

A delivery of waste to the Covanta waste-to-energy in Ringsend
A delivery of waste to the Covanta waste-to-energy in Ringsend

The owners of Dublin's controversial waste incinerator - the country's biggest - are considering a plan to increase the amount of waste processed there by 90,000 tonnes a year in a significant expansion of its operations.

Dublin Waste To Energy, which operates the €500m public-private partnership facility, is owned by US group Covanta and a unit of Australia's Macquarie investment bank.

The plant was designed to handle 600,000 tonnes of waste a year from the Dublin region, which might otherwise have gone to landfills.

Last November, it reached a full capacity goal of processing 1,800 tonnes of solid waste a day.

It has now entered discussions with An Bord Pleanala to increase the amount it processes every year.

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