Protesters angry at landfill site award

A waste management firm that became the first in Ireland to be awarded the Peel Cup was subject to a protest at one of its landfill sites.

On the day Greenstar were to receive the Peel Cup, which is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM), for its Ballynagran Residual Landfill site in Co Wicklow, residents protested to mar the celebrations.

Some 16 protesters handed visitors arriving to the award ceremony and open day copies of two letters of non-compliance issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over odours emanating from the site.

“We are annoyed at the idea of Greenstar throwing a big party over the award when we have been asking and waiting for over a year and a half to talk to representatives about our concerns,” protestor Michael Mulvihill told the Wicklow People.

“We have to live with the moist foul odour. It’s stomach churning.”

The judging panel reportedly had not heard of the letters of non-compliance.

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