2nd November 2009
Question: Councillor M. Baker:
To ask the Manager in relation to the Shanganagh recycling facility the following:
1.The cost of including a cage for hazardous wasteas part of the recycling facility in Shanganagh?
2 What additional manpower and other resources would be required to install such a cage at this location?
The following hazardous waste materials are collected at Shanganagh Civic amenity:
- Fluorescent tubes/CFL’s /halogen lights
- Filament bulbs
- Household batteries
- Small electrical and electronic waste
- Printer cartridges
The hazardous waste materials not acceptable at the site are as follows:
- Car batteries
- Gas cylinders/Fire extinguishers
- Cooking Oil/Motor oil
- Paints/thinners/cleaning agents/insecticides/medicines
- Large household appliances
- Sheet glass/mirrors/stained glass/double glazing.
Provision of a cage or cages (which is not a major cost) is not sufficient to deal with this type of waste. The above require special handling equipment including forklifts/drums and staff trained for packing in accordance with the requirements of hazardous waste regulations. Paint residues in particular need to be prepared for shipment by being bulked up to large containers and the empty drums crushed and shipped separately. The chemical waste needs to be packed in vermiculite and segregated by class e.g. corrosives segregated from flammables. The site in Shanganagh is not suitable for this level of handling nor does its Certificate of Registration from the EPA or its Planning Permission permit it.