Council takes action to reduce smell
They kicked up a stink, and now something is being done.
A Porirua City Council committee heard last Wednesday that odour complaints about the Spicer Landfill in Kenepuru had dramatically increased in the past year.
Kapi-Mana News reported last month that bad smells from Spicer Landfill in Kenepuru were upsetting many Tawa residents.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant and Landfill joint committee heard that a possible cause for the increase in bad smells was the removal of trees along the Meridian Wind Farm access road.
Actions are under way to identify odours, reduce the risk of odour discharge and talk to those affected.
Those actions include a landfill visit with interested residents, joint investigations by the Porirua and regional councils, installing a weather station and deodoriser unit and replanting trees along the skyline.
The installation of a sludge drying plant will reduce the volume of waste by 80 per cent.
Tim Sheppard, chairman of the wastewater treatment plant and landfill joint committee, said it was important to alleviate any odour coming from the landfill as much as possible.
‘‘No-one is in a position to guarantee that there will not be any smells again, but the issue is being taken very seriously,’’ he said.