An Bord Pleanala has granted permission to Bord na Mona to continue taking more waste at the Drehid Landfill site than they were originally granted permission for.
In November 2005, planning permission was granted for the landfill site to accept 120,000 tonnes of non-hazardous residual municipal waste for disposal.
On October 31, 2008 An Bord Pleanala granted permission for a higher rate of 360,000 tonnes per annum - but only until the end of 2013.
And it was agreed that this agreement would be reviewed after the five years.
Bord na Mona then applied for permission to continue this for a further seven years.
According to planning documents seen by the Leinster Leader, Bord na Mona argued that no new additional capacity was developed in the past five years at other landfill sites in the general Dublin area, and that a number of new landfill sites which were due to be established in that period did not materialise.
As a result, there remains a great need for somewhere like Drehid to take that waste.
The Bord’s inspector found this argument “convincing”, but acknowledged that what was proposed was a substantial increase and “one that departs from the stated terms of the existing permission.”
“ It would affect the manner in which public policy on waste management was implemented.
“It is therefore a matter on which the public should be afforded the opportunity to comment,” the inspector Stephen J. O’Sullivan, proposed.
Following these submissions the Bord decided to grant permission for continuing additional tonnage, but to limit it to two years, until December 1, 2015.