Land­fill fees to rise 15pc

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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