Landfill fees to rise 15pc
Spicer Landfill fees are to increase by 15 per cent – and there’s another price spike to come.
A recommendation to increase fees by 15 per cent from July 15 this year was passed last Wednesday at a joint Porirua and Wellington city councils landfill meeting.
The increase is partly intended to boost the councils’ budget, but is also hoped to encourage people to reuse and recycle instead of throwing rubbish away, Porirua City Council’s solid waste manager Peter Keller says.
Additionally, the present Spicer Landfill fee of $101 per tonne is cheaper than other landfills in the Wellington region, and the councils want to avoid attracting rubbish dumpers from other cities, Mr Keller says.
‘‘That would have the consequence of more traffic, more fumes, more traffic accidents.’’
The increase means an average carload of rubbish will cost $2.20 more to dump in July.
The landfill fee will increase again at the end of this year to meet ETS obligations, but as the price of offsetting a tonne of carbon fluctuates so much, it’s hard to estimate what that rise will be.
Mr Keller estimated a further increase of 4 per cent in the council’s draft long-term plan, bringing the total increase to 19 per cent.