A NEW compost production plant which could create up to 30 jobs in north Tipperary has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála.
Acorn Recycling Ltd hopes to have the plant up-and-running by late 2009. It is a subsidiary of the Thurles-based environment company, Arlo Group.
The plant, which will process organised-base material at a seven-acre site, will be the largest of its kind in the country.
The state-of-the-art facility will be developed close to Ballybeg — near a Bord na Móna factory.
The company has spent the last two years preparing all the necessary environmental impact studies and submissions to North Tipperary County Council as part of a comprehensive planning process.
The site is surrounded by 60 acres of willow plantation.
The agri-environmental business will create in the region of 30 jobs for local operators, tradesmen, farmers and transport / logistics, with a yearly spend in the region of €6 million.
Rónán Beasley, managing director of Acorn Recycling, said: “We are extremely pleased to be given the go-ahead in relation to our composting facility and believe that it will bring significant benefits to the local community and neighbouring counties.
“I would like to thank the local community, North Tipperary County Council and our local elected representatives for their continuous support which has been essential.”
The facility, he said, will be in operation by October 2009.
The proposed facility will be located 3km from the new M8 and will be an essential piece of infrastructure enabling the region to meet its recycling objectives.
The organic based material will be processed into a high-quality product
Meanwhile, the Arlo Group has recently appointed Dungarvan-based Benny McCarthy as group financial director. The Co Waterford man is a commerce graduate of UCC. He previously worked as a commercial lending manager for Ulster Bank in Cork and was finance director of Flancare Group in Clonmel since 1999.