Friday, 4 March 2011

Call to scrap Poolbeg plant

Waste companies will create more than 750 jobs if the Poolbeg incinerator project is scrapped by the next government, the Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) has said.

An investment of €173 million would be made in the creation of 210 long-term jobs and 550 construction jobs before the incinerator was due to operate in 2014, the IWMA said - but only if the plant did not go ahead.

Not only would association members not create jobs if the plant was constructed, but up to 1,000 existing jobs in the waste industry would be lost because waste would be diverted to Poolbeg.

“This facility will be so dominant in the market that it will kill competition in the sector and investment in waste alternatives,” association spokesman Brendan Keane said.

The Irish Times

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