You may have seen our previous Posts regarding the sudden shock of Council proposing to close the local Transfer Station … a shock to both the Rodney Local Board, as well as the community! Beth Houlbrooke, Chair Rodney Local Board, and Councillor Greg Sayers, did an excellent job of getting the lease temporarily extended so that the Transfer Station at Lawrie Rd (and Rusty Brooke) could stay open.
A public meeting was held 12th November, with a large turnout. Local media were there as well as Cr Penny Hulse, and two council officers. They spoke for about half an hour and this was followed by about 40 minutes worth of questions.
In short, it has been confirmed the Transfer Station is due to remain open until 30 June 2019 … so you can still take your rubbish there if vacating before the Rubbish collection day and not wanting to leave bags out for any length of time. It is not a big detour in the scheme of things and pre-paid orange bags can be dropped off at no charge. Otherwise there is a charge to drop black trash bags.
Both sites were badly contaminated when they were used for landfill and now need to be fixed before they can be used as transfer stations again. Note that there is a difference between a transfer station where rubbish is collected and sorted and a landfill where the non-recyclable items are buried. Landfills are not accessed by the public but by contractors. The application for a landfill in the Dome Valley is not directly connected to this issue!
As the present Stations will need to be completely closed down next June, Northland Waste has applied for Resource Consent to operate out of land they own on Sandspit Rd near Wyatt’s. In the meantime.
At the end of the day, we all have to take more responsibility for the waste we produce.