Tip's life nearly over

NICHOLAS BOYACK
Last updated 10:58 09/10/2012

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The Wainuiomata Landfill will close in December.

City councillors last week accepted a report from council general manager Bruce Sherlock that said the tip has no future.

The report said the landfill was nearing the end of its useful life. The final straw was the Emissions Trading Scheme, starting on December 31. It would force such a high price for using the tip that commercial users would go elsewhere.

Commercial users, who dump 24,000 of the 27,000 tonnes that go into the landfill each year, will have to use Silverstream Landfill from January. Silverstream is one of the most modern in New Zealand, and Mr Sherlock said it was a much more desirable option.

Householders will be able to use the Seaview Transfer Station.

Councillors debated the future of the landfill for more than an hour. Committee chairman Max Shierlaw said although he had initially opposed closure, he can see the tip has become uneconomic.

The council had budgeted $150,000 for a waste transfer station in Wainuiomata, but that too would be uneconomic.

"We would have to charge $45 for a trailerload. At that price [Wainuiomata residents] would all go to Seaview.'

The money could be better spent on education programmes encouraging recycling and composting, he said.

Councillors were told closing the tip would result in more illegal dumping on the Coast Rd.

Officers were instructed to take a tough stance and prosecute everyone caught.

There is one big plus for Wainuiomata in the decision: big trucks will no longer need to go over the hill.

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