a pile of rubbish for lusk



This isn’t a book review! This is a lot more serious, at least where I come from! I’m hesitant, slightly, to give my opinion here but with some decisions made by certain state authorities in Ireland, I begin to wonder their logic. Before I write any further, I do live near enough [5-8 miles away] but not near enough to affected directly by the facility. I shall proceed. Yes the waste must go somewhere. Yes until commercial and domestic waste producers [both us] must get to grips with the full reality of  ‘our’ situation. Even then a waste facility will be necessary; but maybe not a super-one, maybe not so controversial and maybe logic will be applied to the decision in its entirety.

So what’s a garden designer got a bee in his bonnet over this for? Should not the question be for this Island – how do we survive without one? and then track back? I simply believe there is another option and ‘we’ should not have to fight to keep Ireland as it should be every time a decision we dont need is made. Controversial?

These facts here however are those as written by Nicola Cooke of The Sunday Business Post, September 23rd 2007 in her article Lusk Groups Protest against ‘superdump’.

Fruit and vegetable growers and processors in Lusk Co. Dublin fear that their multi-million-euro industry will be threatened by a decision to grant a waste licence for a super dump in the area.The Environmental Protection Authority decided last Friday to grant a licence to Fingal County Council to develop a landfill facility and public recycling plant at Nevitt, Lusk. The Superdump would have a maximum annual intake of 500,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste.The EPA imposed more than 130 conditions relating to the environmental management, operation, control and monitoring of the proposed facility. It said it was “satisfied [that] emissions from the landfill will not adversely affect human health or the environment and will meet all relevant national and EU standards.”But a number of local groups are opposed to the development and are seeking an oral hearing and a judicial review of the decision.Country Crest, one of the largest horticultural businesses in Lusk, has a €28 million annual turnover, employs 104 people and is one of Tesco’s main Irish suppliers.Managing director Michael Hoey said he was very concerned about the business’s future. “We are less than two miles from the landfill and are on the same stream of aquifers as that site,” he said.“Leachate [toxic waste water] could contaminate the well water we use to wash our fruit and veg that is processed, so this landfill is a major worry for us. I know rubbish has to go somewhere, but the current site is just not suitable. I had an auditor over from Tesco on Friday asking for water analysis to show that there were no metals in the water.”“If there is any problems with our water supply – and that of other producers – in the future, the supermarkets won’t look at us.”
4 replies
  1. Paul Groves
    Paul Groves says:

    Apologies in advance for not being up to speed on certain things…

    What is Ireland’s recycling record like? I’m amazed that such a huge site gets official backing.
    The pressure over here at the moment is on reducing landfill sites and encouraging people to think about recycling and composting.
    We count ourselves incredibly lucky to live in an area covered by one of the “greenest” councils in the UK. They do a lot to encourage recycling and home composting, as well as recycling clothes and household goods – which are all collected from the kerbside.
    It certainly has a good impact. In our household of 3 adults we have maybe one bin liner of rubbish for landfill every 2 weeks with everything else recycled or composted (here at home or at the council’s own composting facility).


    PS: Thanks for the comment on my site, I’ve enjoyed looking around your site and blog (I’m a frustrated gardener – I really like the theory, but I’m less inclined about the practicalities).

  2. Soulseeking
    Soulseeking says:

    Nice to read about others ’round abouts doing their part to discuss and effect recyling. I’ve always considered composting, but I’m sure my Weimaraner would discover it and think I’d made her a nice casserole!

    Right now I’m trying to combat a pest on my oleanders. I have such a beautiful plant with brilliant deep pink almost fuschia flowers, being eaten by equally brilliant fuzzy black & orange caterpillars (oleander caterpillers, who knew ?) that turn into even more gorgeous polka-dot wasp moths with shimmering blue bodies, http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/orn/olecat1.htm, which unfortunately make horrible cocoons to get there, and really do make quite a devastating mess munching away on the plant before they go into their brief hibernation. Besides my “cultural control” consisting of an eccentric lady in her front yard (moi) examing the plant every other day, I read that Bacillus thuringiensis selectively will get rid of them, but wondering if a tobacco tea might work as well.

  3. peter donegan MI Hort
    peter donegan MI Hort says:


    Irelands record, in my opinion is alright? I’m open to opinion and correction here? We’re not totally up to speed really. The option a short while ago seemed to take the option of paying the fine for emissions or buying someone elses credits but… maybe our new green party leader will make a real name for himself? Greens talisman prior, Trevor Sargent was good I must say – but greens have only got into ‘some’ power this year.
    That aside, household wise if the bins are given they will be used but – as i have said – the option seems to be ‘we need’ a hole in the ground to fill with rubbish rather than; lets ask supermarkets to ban plastic all together; lets charge 50 euro for every bin [no exceptions] to force, not encourage full recycling – which is more than possible now.
    I’ not knocking politics or trying to get into it – but the greens do have a massive role to play – the reality is the above ‘suggestions’ need to be ‘reality’.

    I run my office solely apart from the electricity[as I cannot get a wind turbine on an acre of land?]on old timber, compressed shredded paper briquettes, recycle envelopes; tea and ground coffee for mulch etc the list goes on. Does my governments offices do that? NO! WHY? There is an alternative to another tiphead

    If you can bring a smoking ban to Ireland – we CAN recycle the ENTIRE country!
    Hence my views on the big hole in the ground.

    slán go foill
    ps. you’re welcome mate! and it was great to get that all out of my system?!!!

  4. peter donegan MI Hort
    peter donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara Soulseeking,

    I really should have replied to your comment first but I got caught up in the website you mentioned. I must say if anybody has kids this is a really good site for explaining how it all works [thats comment number 3 above]. The pictures aren’t the finest in the world but it does let you know that this, oleander in your case, is exactly what you saw. I know
    nicotine used to be used in smoke form in glasshouses on crops [eg tomato] years ago, maybe still is, to kill red spider mite. Now, as far as I’m aware, they use a predator red spider mite. They come opn a card as eggs and you hang them in the tomato lines. As the egg adjusts to the temperature it hatches and the ‘new insect’ eats itself to death, in theory.

    I wish the Irish weather would make up its mind. Maybe Mother Nature is sitting on the remote control!

    Slán go foill

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