By Bruce Reay CEO Progressive Leathers

HDC and NCC are seeking resource consents for the construction and operation of a new area B within the existing Omarunui Landfill site.  The current Area D opened in 2006 and is expected to close around 2025 although recent increases in waste volumes could bring this forward.

Each time the Council seek to move into a new area within the site, they have to apply for new resource consent.  This is a major undertaking and they have spent in the order of $750,000 to date.

Hastings District Council (HDC) operates the Omarunui Landfill, 12 km northwest of Hastings. It is jointly owned by HDC and Napier City Council (NCC) and is a Class 1 landfill accepting municipal solid waste, including residential and commercial waste, construction and demolition waste and some industrial wastes collected from Napier City and Hastings District.  The site comprises 4 separate valleys identified for landfilling activities, Areas A, B, C and D.    The two undeveloped valleys are Areas B and C and are identified as areas suitable for disposal of waste in the future.

Please find below the link that takes you to the information on the consent application.

https://www.consultations.nz/hdc/alteration-of-designation-to-omarunui-landfill-for-the-construction-and-operation-of-area-b?stage=Stage

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Wed 17th February 2021.

The link below takes you to the online submission form for the Councils landfill consent application;

https://www.hbrc.govt.nz/services/resource-consents/notified-consents/omarunui-landfill/

The Landfill is a core regional infrastructural asset operated by the Councils for the community.  It ensures cost-effective handling of the regions solid waste meeting the strict Resource Consent conditions.   The new Area B will be developed utilising best practice design principles with environmental protection provided by a lining and leachate collection system, capping system, and landfill gas management.

The November Napier Floods saw a very large volume of waste that had to efficiently removed to allow people and businesses to start their recovery and minimise the risk to public health with contaminated material disposed of safely.

The alternates are;

  1. Approval of the consents but with overly restrictive conditions
  2. Closure of the landfill and waste transported out of the Region to another central landfill at a much greater long term cost.

 

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