The future of the Southern Landfill

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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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  • Monitoring water quality around the Southern Landfill

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    5 months ago

    How can the public access the information from the Landfill about water monitoring levels?

    What are you monitoring for?

    We do specific tests at the Southern Landfill as part of the conditions of our consent for operating the Landfill.

    The water tests are taken at points within the Careys Gully stream adjacent to the Southern Landfill itself.

    1. Careys Gully stream upstream of the Landfill

    2. Careys Gully stream downstream of the Landfill

    3. Four boreholes that access the ground water in various locations adjacent to the Landfill.

    4. Leachate collected by our pipes (tested at a manhole)

    We do the following tests on ALL the sites monthly.

    • pH
    • BOD5
    • Nitrate-Nitrogen
    • Copper
    • Chromium
    • Conductivity
    • Iron
    • Aluminium
    • Lead
    • Dissolved (Reactive, Phosphorus)
    • NH4-N
    • Manganese
    • Boron
    • Zinc
    • Cadmium
    • Faecal Coliforms
    • Chlorides
    • Arsenic
    • Nickel


    On top of this we also conduct Macro Invertebrate Sampling to get a Macroinvertebrate Community Index (MCI) score.

    Test are collected by a third party and sent to a laboratory for testing to ensure independence.

    Reports are sent to the Southern Landfill and a third party peer reviewer monthly.

    If we find issues that could be considered to be a breach of our consent, we alert Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) as well as our Community Liaison Group (CLG). The CLG is made up of representatives from the Greater Regional Wellington Council, Wellington Water, the sludge dewatering plant operators, the Landfill operators, the Greater Brooklyn Residents Association, Owhiro Bay Residents Association and Council’s Waste Operations officers.

    At the end of each year, the water quality sampling results are compiled and reviewed by a third party reviewer and sent to the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) as part of our annual Southern Landfill Compliance report.

    GWRC then reviews the information using their own third party experts required and once satisfied provide us with a compliance document.

    2018 Extract Southern Landfill Compliance Report.pdf

    2019 SLF Aecom Testing for Annual Compliance Report.pdf