• EPA: Too much waste going to landfill

Environmental Laboratory

EPA: Too much waste going to landfill

Jan 29 2009

More waste went into landfill sites in Ireland last year than European Union (EU) regulations will allow in future, new statistics have revealed.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) latest figures, 1,485,968 tonnes of biodegradable food waste made its way to landfill sites in 2007.

EU recommendations state that no more than 967,433 tonnes of biodegradable waste should be sent to landfill sites in 2010.

If the amount of waste Ireland sends to these sites does not meet this target by the given timeframe, the country could be facing some large fines.

Meanwhile, one landfill site in Canada has set itself the task of helping out a local airport.

The Robin Hood Bay site in Newfoundland aims to install scaring devices to decrease the number of birds that are attracted to the area in a bid to reduce the likelihood of then hitting overhead airplanes.

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