With upwards of 1,200 people working on the Bellanaboy, Aughoose and Glengad construction sites the Corrib Gas project generates a similar amount of waste as the town of Belmullet.
While the waste varies, with timber waste being a considerable by-product of the project, the amounts are comparable.
Waste on the Corrib Gas project is managed by McGrath Waste of Turlough, Castlebar, who operate a strict segregation policy with a series of colour coded skips strategically located at the different work sites.
They work in conjunction with Shell’s environmental team and have just conducted a Waste Awareness Week with a number of training workshops on the Bellanaboy site to highlight the necessity for care in the disposal of waste.
“The era of the landfill is almost at an end,” says Declan McGrath. “Very soon all waste will be recycled or incinerated. Recycling is clearly the way forward, and there are numerous high-quality by-products as well as jobs being generated by recycling.”
Catriona King, a member of Shell’s environmental team, said the Waste Awareness Week was a very worthwhile exercise. “There was an excellent turn out at all of the training workshops,” she added.