City pays to dump less
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.’’