Trans­fer of rub­bish

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

A de­ci­sion to build a new land­fill hole in the South Waikato has been re­voked af­ter dis­trict coun­cil­lors were asked to re-look at the de­ci­sion this month.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair said the de­ci­sion to build a new cell once the cur­rent one reaches full ca­pac­ity al­lowed by the re­source con­sent would ‘‘cre­ate a bur­den’’ for ratepay­ers.

He said with the de­creas­ing amount of waste be­ing dumped, a new site would be costly.

Toko­roa land­fill re­ceived 5200 tonnes of waste last year – less than half that dumped in 2008/09.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs said if the amount dumped went un­der 4000 tonnes per year, it would be more vi­able to trans­fer from Croad Place.

He said with the pop­u­la­tion decline and an in­crease in re­cy­cling by the South Waikato com­mu­nity, that fig­ure was ex­pected to drop even fur­ther.

Coun­cil­lor Thomas Lee, who moved the orig­i­nal mo­tion at the meet­ing on Jan­uary 22, said he did so un­der the un­der­stand­ing it would be the cheap­est op­tion for the dis­trict’s ratepay­ers.

He said he did not like the idea of re­ly­ing on out­side sources to trans­port the waste.

‘‘If our waste will still go to our cell, then I’d be happy to re­scind my pre­vi­ous mo­tion.’’

Strate­gic pol­icy plan­ner Sarah Flavall pointed out that there would come a point when Toko­roa’s land­fill would be full, and ques­tioned Lee on what he would want done then.

‘‘What is the low­est risk? Build an­other cell or trans­fer it out of the dis­trict?’’ Flavall said.

The es­ti­mated cost of a new land­fill cell is $2.4 mil­lion, with the new con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion an­other $272,000 on top of that.

‘‘And that’s not a guar­an­tee,’’ she said.

Deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Smit said choos­ing to trans­fer out of the dis­trict left op­tions open.

He said if trans­port costs sky­rock­eted then it would be likely that com­pe­ti­tion would in­crease to drive those prices down again. And if not, the op­tion to build an­other cell would still be there, he said.

Coun­cil­lor Bill Machin said his only other con­cern was the Croad Place lo­ca­tion.

‘‘I find it hard to be­lieve there will be no smell if peo­ple are drop­ping off raw rub­bish.’’

The coun­cil passed the res­o­lu­tion to re­scind the pre­vi­ous mo­tion and pass the re­com- mended Op­tion 2 – use of the cur­rent cell un­til at max­i­mum ca­pac­ity al­lowed by the re­source con­sent af­ter which waste will be trans­ported to an ex­ter­nal land­fill, with Croad Place as a trans­fer sta­tion. Coun­cil­lors agreed this was the pre­ferred op­tion un­til the re­view of the Waste Man­age­ment and Min­imi­sa­tion Plan and the 2018-28 LTP ad­dressed the is­sue.

DUMPED: The South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil de­cided the Croad Place re­cy­cling site has the po­ten­tial to be­come a trans­fer cen­tre.

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