RESIDENTS of a Dublin village have launched a protest campaign after plans for one of the country’s largest bio-waste processing plants were submitted to their local authority.
The application, received earlier this month, is for the development of an Anaerobic Digestion facility a few kilometres west of Lusk village in Dublin.
The plant would recycle domestic waste from brown bins, as well as animal slurry, and would operate 24 hours a day. It could accept up to 16,000 tonnes of waste a year, making it one of the largest waste plants of its kind here.
The process of anaerobic digestion means decomposing organic material in an oxygen-free environment.
The waste is converted into fertiliser, which can then be spread on land, and biomass, which can be used as a supply of energy.
There are currently six such plants in Ireland.
The proposal for the Lusk plant with Fingal County Council consists of two 11-metre-high digestion tanks with a combined capacity of 4,560 cubic metres of waste.
There will also be a 5,500 cubic-metre-capacity storage tank and other structures including three silage clamps and a digestate solid storage building.
However, residents in the north Dublin village say they are “extremely concerned” by the proposals and feel the area is being singled out for more unwanted development.
“I don’t feel this type of development is part of the Fingal development plan,” said local Labour Councillor Ken Farrell, who has lodged a formal complaint.
“Lusk is seen as a soft touch and the huge increase in traffic alone is hugely concerning for families with young children.”
Residents say waste will be brought from 50km away to the plant, and they have now begun the Lusk Still Fighting Waste campaign.
ORS Consulting Engineers, who designed the plant, did not comment when contacted last night.