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Update on the proposed Landfill extension - Level 3



COVID-19 alert Level 3 means much the same for us as the Level 4 lockdown did.

Rubbish collection is ongoing, and the Landfill is open to commercial account holders but closed to everyone else. Kerbside recycling continues to be stopped under Level 3, but you can find some good tips on how to reduce your waste here.

Like many of you, most of our team is continuing to juggle working from home with our other family responsibilities.

We are continuing with our Landfill extension plans remotely, although some investigation work is temporarily on hold, as site visits are required.

At this stage we’re anticipating lodging resource consents mid-year, but this does depend on how long the current restrictions are in place.

We will continue to give you updates and, in the meantime, if you’re got any questions please feel free to get in touch by email Landfill@wcc.govt.nz

Update on the proposed Landfill extension - Level 3



COVID-19 alert Level 3 means much the same for us as the Level 4 lockdown did.

Rubbish collection is ongoing, and the Landfill is open to commercial account holders but closed to everyone else. Kerbside recycling continues to be stopped under Level 3, but you can find some good tips on how to reduce your waste here.

Like many of you, most of our team is continuing to juggle working from home with our other family responsibilities.

We are continuing with our Landfill extension plans remotely, although some investigation work is temporarily on hold, as site visits are required.

At this stage we’re anticipating lodging resource consents mid-year, but this does depend on how long the current restrictions are in place.

We will continue to give you updates and, in the meantime, if you’re got any questions please feel free to get in touch by email Landfill@wcc.govt.nz

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  • Top topics from March

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    4 months ago

    On 8th and 10th of March we held the third series of public information sessions to update local communities on progress on the proposed extension to the Southern Landfill.

    At these sessions we were discussing the technical studies that have been underway, some of our findings and some plans for the future in the areas being studied – Land, Air, Roads, People and Water. We also discussed the ecology of the site, what we found and some of the options we are considering for the future.

    We talked about options for restoration planting of the Landfill once it is closed so that it fits into the surrounding environment. The emphasis will be on native plants that are present in the surrounding area.

    Waste minimisation was another popular topic. We talked about the initiatives that Wellington City Council has developed or is developing together with national and regional programmes that are supported City wide.

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  • Drop-in and find out more about the draft design

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    5 months ago

    Our next set of drop-in sessions will be held in March. Come along and see the draft design, check out information on the technical studies and find out about the next steps.

    Here’s a recap of where we’re at

    • Alternatives have been investigated and the option for the immediate future has been determined – extending the Landfill.
    • Technical studies to assist with the design are being finalised.
    • A draft concept design for the extension is being developed.

    Want to know more?

    Come along to one of our drop-in sessions:

    Date

    Time

    Where

    Address

    Sunday 8 March

    11am to 1pm

    Brooklyn Community Centre

    18 Harrison Street

    Sunday 8 March

    2pm to 4pm

    Ōwhiro Bay School Hall

    96 Happy Valley Road

    Tuesday 10 March

    11.30am to 1pm

    Wellington City Council

    Level 16, 113 The Terrace

    Tuesday 10 March

    4.15pm to 6pm

    Brooklyn Deli

    199 Ohiro Road


    Tell us what you think

    We’d love to hear your views at one of our drop-in sessions. If you can’t make it along we’ll be posting information on this page (after 8 March) and you can tell us what you think on the feedback button below, or email us at Landfill@wcc.govt.nz or call us on 04 499 4444.

  • Let's Talk about the top topics now

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    8 months ago

    We really enjoyed talking with everyone who attended the second set of community information sessions we held recently. Thanks for coming along.

    Key issues were similar to those at the first series of meetings with a couple of extra subjects coming up.

    The top three topics were waste minimisation, the effects of the traffic including noise and dust as well as the volume of traffic, and the difficulty of understanding which council regulates what at the landfills in Wellington (Wellington City Council or Greater Wellington Regional Council).

    Other issues of interest were recycling initiatives, dealing with sewage sludge in the future, impact on water both in the Ōwhiro Stream and groundwater and long term plans for reinstatement of the land and stream after the closure of this stage of the Landfill.

    Residents of Hawkins Hill Road and others close to the Landfill boundaries wanted to know more about windblown litter and visual impacts of the extension to the Landfill for them. We will be looking at options to mitigate this.

    One of the other topics raised was the potential for noise impacts due to operations especially early morning and in the weekends.

    We’ve recorded all the feedback and questions we have received and are looking at the mitigations we can put in place to address the issues raised.

    Our next series of community information sessions is planned for the end of February 2020 where we will feedback on the issues raised this time and look at the design of the proposed Landfill extension.


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  • Thanks for your interest and coming along!

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    8 months ago

    Over the last few days, we’ve completed a series of drop-in sessions in Brooklyn, Owhiro Bay and in Central Wellington. It was really great to meet everyone who came along to discuss the project with our project team from the Southern Landfill and Tonkin + Taylor.

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to come along and to those who took part in the Facebook Live Q&A.

    Lots of information came out of the discussions which we are now collating. We’ll be going into these in more depth here on Let’s Talk over the next few weeks.

    In the meantime, if you didn’t attend the Facebook Live Q&A you can review the questions and answers here https://www.facebook.com/events/529205860968116/.

    We are really interested in your feedback and any information you may have about the technical studies that are now underway. Please take the time to visit our feedback form where you can let us know your thoughts. Feedback closes on Monday 23 December. Feedback in Let's Talk.

    All the information we have received from the drop-in sessions and from Let’s Talk will be taken into account in the next stages of the project.

    There are two more sets of community sessions planned before the resource consent is applied for. Tentative dates are the end of February and the end of April. We look forward to seeing you then!


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  • Let's Talk about the Top Topics

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    10 months ago

    During our conversations with you there have been some recurring topics of interest. We’d like to dive into some of those.

    The top three topics so far are waste minimisation, environmental and community impacts.

    Under the waste minimisation banner, you’ve talked a lot about the sewage sludge processed at the Landfill. You’re interested in the sludge volume, handling and treatment, and whether there are any opportunities to compost sludge.

    Other issues of interest have been the circular economy, product stewardship, recycling plastics, waste collection, green waste, container return schemes, construction and demolition waste and waste recovery.

    Environmentally, aquatic impacts are top of the list in relation to Ōwhiro stream, Taputeranga Marine Reserve, and landfill design so as not to leach contaminants into the stream.

    The community impacts raised are around traffic and road issues on Happy Valley Road, the cumulative effect of the three landfills in the area (Council’s Southern Landfill and two privately owned and run landfills) and the Southern landfill capacity and lifespan.

    We’ve been keeping a record of all of the feedback so we can consider it in our waste management alternatives assessment and so it can help inform any of the technical studies we will need to do.

    Below are a few of the questions we’ve received (and the answers!).

    Are there any plans to compost sewage sludge?

    We do not have plans to compost sewage sludge at this stage. We have done so in the past and it was not successful. It was costly to produce, there were many complaints about the odour, and it was not marketable as many people were opposed to the idea of composted human waste. Wellington Water is looking at options for sewage sludge handling, treatment and disposal.

    Is the Landfill affecting the water quality for the stream and marine reserve?

    The Council monitors water quality through monthly water sampling around the stream (Carey's stream) that runs through the Southern Landfill as part of our existing consent.

    According to our annual compliance report from the Greater Wellington Regional Council, reviewed by an independent expert, the expert surmised that the Southern Landfill does not appear to be causing even minor adverse effects on water quality.

    Instead of extending landfills, can you look at alternatives that involve reducing the amount of waste created in the first place?

    We are committed to trialling a kitchen waste diversion scheme due to start in May next year. We also strongly encourage the use of reusable alternatives rather than single-use and degradable options and we fund sustainable initiatives with grants including the Waste Minimisation Seed Fund which you can learn more about here: https://wellington.govt.nz/services/community-and-culture/funding/council-funds/waste-minimisation-seed-fund

    Wellington (and NZ in general) could really do with recycling solutions for food waste and soft plastics. It would be good to see Wellington City Council take the lead on this.

    Council is committed to a trial of kitchen waste diversion as mentioned above. The soft plastic scheme is due to re-start again in selected stores in Wellington and the Hutt Valley from October. Head to https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/solutions/soft-plastics/ to find out more.

    The number of construction demolition trucks on the road to the Landfill is around 1000/day. It’s impacting on our mental and physical health. Also during winter there is lots of mud trucking up and down and pollution from uncovered loads. What can be done about this?

    The Southern Landfill requires that all trucks must undergo wheel washing before they leave the site to minimise the amount of mud on the local roads.

    Regarding uncovered loads, we are looking at a campaign both locally and within the Landfill to raise awareness and improve the efficiency of the covers. It is hoped that this will decrease the number of uncovered or poorly covered loads. Although this will be around trucks coming to the Southern Landfill, we are investigating ways of having a wider impact in order to reach trucks that are coming to the other two neighbouring privately run landfills.

    As part of any consent application we will be looking at the number of trucks using the local roads and how many of those are coming to the Southern Landfill and how many are visiting C&D Landfill and T&T Landfill. That way we will have specific information to work on.


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  • Thanks for joining the conversation on the proposed Landfill extension

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    10 months ago

    We’ve had lots of great questions coming in thick and fast from our open days, our Facebook event and this Let’s Talk page.

    Hot topics include ecological impacts – with a focus on Ōwhiro Stream and the Taputeranga Marine Reserve, the capacity of the Landfill, wanting to know more about the alternative waste management technologies and how we’re assessing those, what we do with sewage sludge and waste minimisation (including green waste, recycling etc).

    We’ll be going into more info on these hot topics here on Let’s Talk over the next few weeks. In the meantime if you didn’t attend the Facebook chat you can review the questions and answers here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2101121723528984/

    Next steps

    The survey on what values are important to you closes on Friday 11 October. Tell us what you want us to focus on during our assessment of the alternative technologies.

    We will be collating all your feedback on the values and using that to help us do the assessment. Before the end of November, we will have the results on that to share with you.

    We will be holding more community engagement on the design of the chosen technology in late November and early December.

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