City pays to dump less

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

Porirua res­i­dents’ less waste­ful be­hav­iour might lead to higher land­fill fees in July.

Spicer Land­fill’s bud­geted profit for this fi­nan­cial year is $1.6 mil­lion, but the dump may make only $1.1m by the end of June.

Less rub­bish coming into the dump caused the short­fall, says Peter Keller, Porirua City Coun­cil’s solid waste man­ager.

Rais­ing land­fill fees from July is be­ing con­sid­ered to en­sure the coun­cil’s Long Term Plan bud­gets are met, Mr Keller says.

Op­er­at­ing costs at the land­fill are fixed, and the com­pany that runs the tip is one year into a fiveyear con­tract.

In the 2009/10 fi­nan­cial year 61,000 tonnes of rub­bish was dumped at Spicer Land­fill. This year’s ton­nage is on track to be 53,000 tonnes.

Re­cy­cling in the city is also down, which means peo­ple are just buy­ing and throw­ing out less stuff due to the eco­nomic down­turn, Mr Keller says.

‘‘They’re keep­ing things longer, they’re not buy­ing a new fridge, they’re keep­ing the old fridge. Peo­ple are re-us­ing plas­tic bags, which is a good thing.’’

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