£18k disposal costs for toxic waste

June 28, 2011

By Brónagh Murphy

A trailer filled with tanks containing toxic waste, the by-product of diesel laundering, which was recently abandoned by the roadside on the main Newtownhamilton to Dundalk Road, close to Silverbridge, will cost more than £18,000 to dispose of, Newry and Mourne District Council has said.

Thirty-eight IBC containers were packed into the 40’ unit, the weight of which caused its supporting legs to sink into the tarmac surface of the road.

Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns said he was inundated with phone calls from local people voicing their anger and he alerted Council officials to the hazard.

“Councillors canvassing for the recent election listened to the concerns of many people about their Rates bill.  People have been made aware in the local press about the huge cost of removing and neutralising this waste. Everyone paying rates is burdened with this cost,” he said.

After officials from the Council’s Environmental Health department inspected the trailer, it was eventually removed.

In a statement, the Council said the cost of disposing of the waste is likely to be around £18,000 and added that this is the latest in a series of similar incidents in this Council area which have cost more than £50,000 to safety dispose of.

“This is money which we cannot claim back from the government and therefore is paid out of existing budgets.  Such expenditure could place other Council funded projects at risk,” the statement read.