11 September 2018
The Rotorua landfill will be officially capped this week but user experience won’t be affected by the changes.
Rotorua Lakes Council together with landfill operator Waste Management have been reviewing options for the future of the landfill following findings in the 2015 Waste Assessment that highlighted a reduced annual income, health and safety risks to staff and users, and the need to reduce environmental risks.
During recent months a transfer station building has been constructed which will allow users to dump waste away from an open tip face as well as creating a space that is cleaner and easier to maintain.
Infrastructure General Manager Stavros Michael says the move to a transfer station type system is part of the action plan that was adopted by council in 2016 as part of Council’s Waste Minimisation Strategy.
“Our aim is to enhance landfill health and safety standards for both staff and the customers, reduce the environmental impact of an open landfill and investigate sustainable long-term options for the cost of running the landfill.
The transfer station building, which is similar to Waste Management’s in-town facility on Te Ngae Road, allows users to dump their rubbish onto a concrete floor. The rubbish is then loaded into a truck and taken away to Tirohia landfill.
The current landfill area will be capped from 14 September using a process that works to keep gas in and water out by layering earth, special geotextile membrane and grass on top of the rubbish.
Waste Management New Zealand as the landfill operator is responsible for any capital investment and covered the cost of the construction of the new transfer station building.
Pricing and the types of waste accepted at the landfill will remain the same.
Click on the links below to read earlier news about the landfill review:
Why review the landfill?
Volumes of waste going to landfill have decreased in recent years and capped with additional environmental obligations this resulted in an unsustainable business model.
The introduction of kerbside recycling has resulted in more waste diverted from landfill and the need to upgrade the facility.
Significant health and safety risks in having people near the tip face of the landfill and close to heavy machinery necessitated a complete review of the operation of the landfill
Environmental risks – further investment needed to ensure the landfill meets environmental standards and to address historical poor infrastructure
Limited space capacity at the current site which would require significant investment to create future capacity and a more in depth business analysis