Coun­cil is sat­is­fied with Spicer Land­fill

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

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.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Spicer land­fill has gone through many changes since Septem­ber 2015.

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