Stinky tip com­plaints de­clin­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

The odour com­plaints about Spicer Land­fill are down to less than one a week, but one Welling­ton City coun­cil­lor doubts they will ever fully stop.

The oper­a­tion at Spicer Land­fill has been the sub­ject of scrutiny since it was re­vealed in Septem­ber that po­ten­tially deadly gas was es­cap­ing. Odour com­plaints from Tawa res­i­dents have been con­stant for a num­ber of years.

But the lat­est fig­ures pre­sented to the Wastew­a­ter Treat­ment Plant and Joint Land­fill Com­mit­tee last week showed that, de­spite a few spikes, there has been less than one com­plaint a week about the tip since the end of March.

So­lu­tions like a suit­able clean­fill to cover the waste was mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, Porirua City Coun­cil solid waste man­ager Peter Keller said.

How­ever, an odour de­tec­tion sys­tem on the land­fill’s bound­ary and a mo­bile de­odor­ant sys­tem would not be in­stalled, af­ter tri­als showed them to be in­ef­fec­tive.

Welling­ton City coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Spar­row said a Tawa res­i­dent in reg­u­lar con­tact with him was still com­plain­ing about a fre­quent bad smell com­ing from Spicer.

‘‘This is hot off the press. On June 6 and 7, which were cold, calm evenings with no wind, the smells were back again I have been told,’’ he said.

‘‘This says to me that the is­sue is not fully re­solved and I sus­pect it never will be.’’

Keller said the calm evenings some­times meant there was no wind to blow any odour away.

Com­pli­ance of­fi­cers from the re­gional coun­cil went to Spicer last week and did not de­tect any­thing that would cause a breach of the con­sent con­di­tions for the land­fill.

Tawa res­i­dents were be­ing kept in­formed and a pub­lic meet­ing will be held on June 30.

PRICE RE­VIEW

There will be an in­de­pen­dent re­viewinto pric­ing at Spicer Land­fill, be­cause com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors con­tinue to di­vert­waste to Sil­ver­stream, Kapiti and Happy Val­ley. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port pre­sented to the joint com­mit­tee, waste ton­nage to Spicer dropped dra­mat­i­cally in 2013 and 2014. The cost of gen­er­al­waste per tonne is $129 at Spicer, $118 at Sil­ver­stream and $121.80 at Happy Val­ley. It costs $161.50 per tonne in Kapiti. Porirua City Coun­cil solid­waste­m­an­ager Peter Keller told coun­cil­lors by ad­just­ing prices, there could be a re­turn to the­waste vol­umes of 2013. He ex­pected the in­de­pen­dent re­viewto be com­pleted by the next joint com­mit­tee meet­ing in Au­gust.

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