Site History

Arthurstown Landfill Aerial facing South

Arthurstown Landfill Aerial facing South

The History of the site was that during the 1970’s and 1980’s it was a Roadstone Sand & Gravel quarry. Then Dublin County Council purchased the site.

In 1991, when the existing waste disposal sites in Dublin were approaching their full capacity, Dublin Local Authorities commissioned two ESBI studies: Waste Strategy for the Dublin Region and the Landfill Site Selection Study. The findings and recommendations of these two reports included:

  • that continued use of landfilling as the principal method of disposal of Municipal waste in the region
  • the construction of facilities to transfer bulk waste
  • for reasons of environmental acceptability, the use of baling technology at these facilities
  • the location of proposed baling and transfer facilities adjacent to The M50 motorway
  • the building of the first baling plant at Ballymount in the south-west of Dublin city
  • a site at Arthurstown, Kill, Co. Kildare as the most suitable for site for developing as landfill

In 1992, Dublin Council applied the findings of two reports when seeking to create the necessary infrastructure for the next generation of waste disposal in the Dublin Region. When Dublin County Council was reorganised in 1994, the County Councils (South Dublin /Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown/Fingal) and Dublin Corporation undertook the development of the Arthurstown site and the Baling Centre. Later in the same year, Dublin County Council handed over management of the site to South Dublin County Council.

In July 1992, Dublin County Council applied to Kildare County Council for permission to develop and operate a landfill for baled Municipal waste. When Kildare County Council refused permission for the development, South Dublin County Council immediately appealed against this decision to An Board Pleanala.

After a lengthy oral hearing, An Bord Pleanala granted permission for the development on 29th July 1994, subject to 26 conditions. The decision on An Bord Pleanala was upheld in the High Court in May 1996 and in the Supreme Court in 1997.

To control the placement of material in the site, Planning Permission for the landfill required development to take place in stages. The landfill has developed in four stages, Stage 1(Jan.97-Oct.97), Stage 2 (Jan.99-Sept.00) Stage 3 and Stage 4 being constructed simultaneously during 2002-2003.

South Dublin County Council developed Stage 1 of the landfill facility in 1996. The initial site development process entailed two separate design and construct contracts, namely:

  • From the Gallery…

    Testing of the placed Clay Liner at Arthurstown 2 Weighbridges at Arthurstown Arial - Arthurstown Landfill Arial - Arthurstown Landfill