The future of the Southern Landfill

Graphic of the landfill and waste options.

Kei te pau haere te wāhi mō ngā rāpihi - We're running out of room for our rubbish

We have only four years left until the current stage of the Southern Landfill is full. It's time to talk about what we do with our waste?

The Southern Landfill is currently critical to the smooth running of our city.

  • It is where all treated sewage sludge from Moa Point is disposed of

  • It takes approximately 100,000m3 of waste per year

  • It funds $6 million of waste minimisation and recycling services annually

  • It is an important part of the city's resilience network during an emergency or natural disaster event

We think extending the Landfill is the best way forward, but we need to check out what alternatives are around. Alternatives like closing the Landfill, building a waste-to-energy plan or using biological processes.

So we want to know what values are important to you when you think about the future of waste management in Wellington. Is it the impact on the community, the environment, using technology or the cost? We will use your thoughts and ideas to help us assess alternatives and develop a plan for the next stage of waste management in Wellington.

Kei te pau haere te wāhi mō ngā rāpihi - We're running out of room for our rubbish

We have only four years left until the current stage of the Southern Landfill is full. It's time to talk about what we do with our waste?

The Southern Landfill is currently critical to the smooth running of our city.

  • It is where all treated sewage sludge from Moa Point is disposed of

  • It takes approximately 100,000m3 of waste per year

  • It funds $6 million of waste minimisation and recycling services annually

  • It is an important part of the city's resilience network during an emergency or natural disaster event

We think extending the Landfill is the best way forward, but we need to check out what alternatives are around. Alternatives like closing the Landfill, building a waste-to-energy plan or using biological processes.

So we want to know what values are important to you when you think about the future of waste management in Wellington. Is it the impact on the community, the environment, using technology or the cost? We will use your thoughts and ideas to help us assess alternatives and develop a plan for the next stage of waste management in Wellington.

Thank you for your interest in the Southern Landfill project. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also check out our FAQs here.

Your questions

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  • If the landfill is to take more waste from the whole city do the nearby suburbs already impacted directly from the landfill smells and other possible discharges get any form of compensation? Brooklyn already gets hit by the smell during warm to hot periods.

    Shannon Gillies asked 13 days ago

    Kia ora.  It is not intended for the Southern Landfill to take waste from anywhere other than its current catchment.  It is hoped that waste minimisation initiatives will reduce the amount of rubbish to Landfill over time.

  • Has the impact of other countries no longer taking our recycling/rubbish had any impact on the Southern landfill? If it has are we building anything that can deal with the amount of plastic waste we have been shipping off to other places?

    Shannon Gillies asked 13 days ago

    We continue to find markets for all collected recycling.  There is no impact on landfill volumes.