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Soltec (Ireland) Ltd has expanded its operations with the opening of a new five-acre site in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
The site becomes Soltec’s main facility, and includes a 10,000 square foot warehouse which is now used to store and distribute various types of packaged hazardous waste.
Soltec claims 469 different types of waste can now be accepted onsite, and expects to take in 20,000 tonnes of waste each year.
The new Mullingar site also features a one million litre fire water retention pond.
The company says the facility has been designed and built to the highest international standards for safety, environmental protection and efficiency.
Soltec also acquired an Industrial Emissions Licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alongside securing the various other approvals and licencing.
Meanwhile, construction of a solvent storage facility will shortly begin on the site. It will be used to store and blend fuel suitable for the cement industry. This fuel is a sustainable alternative to coal.
Commenting on the opening of the new site, Michael Corcoran, managing director, Soltec (Ireland) Ltd said: “Soltec has been a key provider of hazardous waste management solutions in Ireland since its establishment in 1994.
“Our new facility allows us to do a lot more than we could in our original site. We have more EWC codes so we have the ability to accept a variety of hazardous waste in large quantities, including acids, bases, flammable liquids, waste oils, solvents, corrosives and aerosols.
“These materials are checked, accepted into our warehouse for storage and then shipped to our European waste treatment partners.”
Speaking on the investments the company has made, operations director, David Corcoran said: “Throughout our history we have reinvested back into the company allowing us to develop the company to where it is today.
“Most of the investment over the years has gone back into specialised equipment, such as specialised distillation equipment and specialised filling equipment.”