Council signs Milltown Landfill Closure Contract

Released: 24 April 2008

The contract for the Milltown Landfill Closure works was signed by Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Michael Healy Rae, at Áras an Chontae, on Thursday, April 24th.

Operated by Kerry County Council since it opened in 1977, the facility, located at Ballyvirrane, Milltown, took in municipal waste from the mid-Kerry region until its closure in 1998. In its place, the Milltown Waste Transfer Station, situated to the west of the landfill site, now transfers waste to the North Kerry Landfill in Muingnaminnane

“One of the conditions that was included as part of the Waste Licence for the Milltown Waste Transfer Station was that Kerry County Council carry out the site specific closure works for this landfill site to meet its environmental obligations,” Anne Haugh, Director of Environmental Services with Kerry County Council explained.

Contractors Wills Bros. Ltd. have been awarded the contract for the project, valued at €1.2m. The project is expected to last for three months, and upon completion of the works it is intended that the landfill site will revert to farming land and be used for grazing of livestock.

Currently, the landfill covers an area of five hectares and has a temporary cap cover of sandy clay and peat material covered with rough grasses and rushes. The closure project will see the re-grading of the temporary capping, installation of a horizontal gas collection pipework system connected to gas venting wells, installation of barrier liner layer, surface water drainage swales and 1m thick soil capping.

“I am delighted that we are in a position to sign the contract for the closure works at Milltown Landfill,” the Mayor explained. “Work on the Coolcaslagh Landfill Closure project is almost complete and once Milltown is finished, it will benefit the local community. Wills Bros. have been carrying out works for Kerry County Council for over 12 years, and we are very happy with the work that they have carried out on previous contracts.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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