Illegal waste to be transferred from NI to Donegal landfill

Work to bring 250,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste back into the republic from Northern Ireland begins today, with the first consignments being brought from a illegal dump at Slattinagh in Fermanagh to the Ballinacarrick landfill in Donegal. That process should take up to a month, with the focus then turning to an illegal site at Trillick in Tyrone.

The clearance of the first two dumps will cost the state €2 million, with the final price tag to clear a total of 20 dumps expected to be in the region of €36 million.

Donegal Electoral Area Chair Cllr Thomas Pringle says they've been assured that there are no capacity issues at Ballintra, and no cost will be incurred by the council as a result. He says the council may actually benefit as a result of the arrangement.

Cllr Pringle says Ballintra has been operating under capacity for some time, so this won't have a major impact.......

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