Cash-strapped local authorities are facing growing bills to clean up toxic sludge created by illegal fuel laundering.
Louth County Council yesterday said its costs for removing and transporting diesel wash have increased by about 20% so far this year, and will outstrip the €1m-plus it cost last year.
Monaghan County Council said it has recovered 288,640 litres of toxic sludge so far this year — far exceeding last year’s total of 198,800l.
It means its costs for dealing with the problem is also likely to top €1m this year.
Both local authorities — and those of Meath and Cavan — are likely to enter into a new tender agreement in future for the disposal of the waste in a bid to cut costs.
At present there is no facility in Ireland at which the diesel wash — waste material left over from fuel laundering — can be processed and disposed of.
The waste material must be transported to the Lindenschmidt facility in Germany, adding to the overall cost.