Council is satisfied with Spicer Landfill
The operators of Porirua’s landfill have listened and learned.
After facing public criticism and official reviews of its running of Spicer Landfill in 2015 and 2016 - following a leaked report about high levels of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas, and countless odour complaints from Tawa residents - there is satisfaction abound about EnviroWaste’s operation today.
While the number of odour complaints for the last half of 2016 will not be known until later this month, regional council consents and compliance team leader Jeremy Rusbatch said there had been big improvements at Spicer.
There were 84 odour complaints from October 4, 2015, to July 19, 2016.
‘‘We’re satisfied with the work done by Porirua City Council and EnviroWaste,’’ Rusbatch said.
‘‘The key change has been a major step up in oversight, practices and procedures, as outlined in the landfill’s new management plan.’’
Rusbatch said the regional council would continue to respond to odour complaints if they come in.
A Tawa resident, who did not want to be named, said there was a strong smell over the suburb on January 6.
It was the first time she had noticed a familiar odour in many months.
‘‘The situation is 99.9 per cent better than it was a year or two ago. It’s improved tremendously.’’
‘‘The recent smell was notice- able because it was a calm and cold night.
‘‘I logged it with the regional council - hopefully it was a one-off because it seems EnviroWaste have worked hard to put the right things in place now.’’
She hoped there would be continued community involvement and consultation in any changes to consent conditions.
That will depend on the regional council deciding whether or not to publicly notify revised conditions.
‘‘One of the downfalls previously was the dire communication to residents. That has to improve.’’
Two abatement notices for breaching consent conditions were cancelled in June, after the management plan was finalised.
Porirua City Council chief operating officer Tamsin Evans said 100 per cent compliance with resource consents would always be the target at Spicer.
Spicer landfill has gone through many changes since September 2015.