Region's rubbish may end up at valley landfill

Last updated 13:00 26/07/2014

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Moves are afoot to create a regional rubbish dump at the York Valley landfill in Bishopdale.

The proposal is for all waste from Nelson and Tasman to go to the York Valley site operated by the Nelson City Council, but currently only for commercial operators and compacted loads from the transfer station in Pascoe St.

In Tasman, mixed refuse from transfer stations is taken to the Eves Valley landfill in Waimea West.

The site, which opened in 1989, is owned and operated by Tasman District Council.

A joint regional landfill would continue to be owned, managed and operated by the city council and the TDC would seek consent to retain Eves Valley landfill as an option in the event that York Valley becomes inaccessible or inoperable for any reason.

The city council's works and infrastructure committee has agreed to send out the proposal for public consultation.

It said the idea was consistent with the Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, adopted by both councils in April 2012, and which was supported by studies that showed "a single facility was the best option for the region economically and in terms of sustainability".

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese said moving to a joint landfill arrangement would achieve economies of scale, and would free up funds able to be directed to other council projects.

It would also provide a platform for the two councils to move ahead with other waste management initiatives set out in the plan.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said ratepayers in each area would benefit from more efficient management of what was an essential core service.

The Tasman District Council consulted on this joint landfill arrangement during its annual plan process.

Consultation for Nelson residents is now open, and closes at 4pm on August 25.

Copies of the proposal will be available from the Nelson City Council office, libraries and the website nelson.govt.nz.

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- The Nelson Mail

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