Illegal waste ‘repatriation’ goes on
Work is continuing on removing thousands of tonnes of illegally dumped waste drawn from the Greater Dublin area and dumped in Co Tyrone.
Officials from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Dublin City Council were present to supervise the ongoing process of returning an estimated 10,000 tonnes of waste from a site at Trillick in Co Tyrone.
Already a large amount of waste was removed from an area at Slattinagh in Co Fermanagh over a five-week period in the clamp-down in the North on illicit dumping from the Republic.
Environment Minister Edwin Poots has welcomed the cross-border co-operation in the removal of the waste from the North.
The clearance is being carried under an agreed contract for the excavation, examination and removal of the waste and is being supervised by both authorities, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Dublin City Council.
The removal is being managed in order to protect the environment and human health.
Under the agreement, Northern Ireland will contribute 20 per cent of the costs of site works and transport of the waste, but all disposal costs will be met by the authorities in the Republic.