Human limb found at Dublin recycling plant

Deputy State pathologist to visit Thornton’s waste recycling plant

Body parts are removed from the Thorntons Recycling plant on Kileen Road, Ballyfermot this morning. Photograph: Collins.

Body parts are removed from the Thorntons Recycling plant on Kileen Road, Ballyfermot this morning. Photograph: Collins.

Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 16:16

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a human leg at a waste recycling plant in Dublin last night.

The leg was found by a worker shortly after 11.30pm among waste material at Thornton’s plant on Killeen Road in Ballyfermot.

Gardaí were called to the scene when the discovery was made and the plant was shut down.

A doctor also attended the recycling plant and identified the limb as human.

A full search of the premises wascarried out, a spokesman for An Garda Síochána said. Gardaí have not yet identified the source of the limb .

Thornton’s provides domestic waste collection and waste services for industries including construction, manufacturing and hospitality. It also handles waste from the healthcare industry including hospitals.

The company operates recycling and recovery facilities in Dublin, Meath and Kildare. Founded in 1979, it employs over 300 staff and operates a fleet of over 100 trucks.

Thornton’s have made no comment on the incident.