Taranaki waste shipped to Mar­ton

Stratford Press - - News -

Rub­bish will be shipped out of Taranaki to a land­fill near Mar­ton, after the re­gion’s three coun­cils voted to send waste to the Bonny Glen Land­fill from next year.

A joint state­ment is­sued by the New Ply­mouth, Strat­ford and South Taranaki coun­cils says ship­ping waste out will save ratepay­ers up to $25 mil­lion over 35 years.

After a de­tailed fea­si­bil­ity study, the coun­cils have agreed to sus­pend fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the Cen­tral Land­fill near Eltham which has had an in­vest­ment of $7.5 mil­lion to date. The par­tially fin­ished fa­cil­ity will be land banked for fu­ture use.

A state­ment from the re­gion’s three may­ors says the of­fer which was made by Bonny Glen land­fill op­er­a­tor Mid­west Dis­pos­als Ltd was “too good to ig­nore ”.

“It en­ables the coun­cils to fo­cus on be­com­ing a zero waste re­gion with­out rais­ing the res­i­den­tial waste dis­posal costs, as no min­i­mum ton­nage is re­quired and we only pay for what we send.”

“The 35-year agree­ment saves money, re­duces risk, de­liv­ers long-term cer­tainty and pro­vides real in­cen­tive to min­imise waste. In com­par­i­son, the Cen­tral Land­fill would need more waste sent to it to keep fixed costs down, which is ac­tu­ally a dis­in­cen­tive to fo­cus on re­duc­ing waste. The agree­ment also al­lows the coun­cils to exit at any stage if they are un­happy.”

The coun­cils be­gin tak­ing waste to Bonny Glen in the sec­ond half of 2019, around the same time as New Ply­mouth’s Col­son Road Land­fill closes.

The Bonny Glen land­fill site near Mar­ton.

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