Work is now underway to build the new refuse transfer station that will take Waitaki District’s waste after the Oamaru landfill closes in April 2017.
The new transfer station, located in the industrial area of Oamaru’s North End, is being built by Waste Management NZ Limited who recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Council and the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust to ensure a range of quality, accessible waste management and minimisation services are available once the landfill closes.
Assets Group Manager Neil Jorgensen said the decision to build the new transfer station was made by Council more than two years ago when it became clear that developing a new landfill would be unaffordable for ratepayers.
“The new refuse transfer station is the most cost-effective option for managing the district’s waste into the future now that the Oamaru Landfill has reached the end of its life.
“Waste Management are developing a modern, accessible facility that will, like the current landfill, cater mainly for commercial and larger volumes of household waste. Their decision to fund and develop the refuse transfer station is a significant investment in Oamaru.”
Mr Jorgensen said after the landfill closes, private contractors around the district will continue to offer kerbside collection services for rubbish and recycling for businesses and households.
“Council doesn’t charge rates for kerbside collection of rubbish, recycling or green waste. This means people can choose a private collection service which best suits their needs and can save money by reducing their waste and recycling wherever possible”.
He said the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park in Chelmer Street, which is partially-funded by Council, will also continue to provide a range of drop-off recycling and re-use opportunities, along with advice on how to reduce waste and keep waste disposal costs down.
Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust recovery park manager, Dave Clare, said the trust provides an essential recycling and waste reduction service and has been working with Council to improve that service once the Oamaru Landfill closes.
“We have very good community support for our service and it’s important that we continue to improve it. We’ve been working with Council for some time now to expand what we can provide so that as a community we can rely less on traditional forms of rubbish disposal.”