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Waste Futures

We need to plan how we are going to dispose of our rubbish in the coming decades – and it is a $50 million question we need to answer this year. There are lots of options and staff from Hastings and Napier councils have been working together to come up with the best ones to choose from.

Right now we want your feedback on the principles most important to you, rather than asking which option you prefer - that choice will be put in front of you later in the year. We would like to know what is most important to you:

The cost of the project OR reducing the impact on our environment.

10 comments

Have a read through the comments we have received so far, if you agree/disagree with some of them simply select the agree/disagree link to show your support.

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While the three R's help to minimise rubbish they are not going to solve the problem. We will continue to generate rubbish because we break things, package things and generally things don't last and wear out. The way to dispose of rubbish is through microwave pyrolysis of the waste which reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and creates energy from the waste it processes. Microwaves are an efficient heating source and allow the temperature of the pyrolysis reaction in the waste chamber to be controlled to an optimum temperature. We have people here in Hawkes Bay who could develop this.
Ian - 09/08/2017 @ 8:49pm
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Recycle and Reduce Recycling: recycling needs to be more visable and in people's faces. At present it is done only at curb-sides, and only every 2nd week! Throughout the CBD and suburbs we need to have places to dispose of recyclables - primarily glass and plastics. They need to be located side-by-side with public rubbish bins. All Council amenities such as Park Island and Napier Library need recycling bins. Reduce: Why don't we make a stand and be the first district to go plastic bag-free at supermarkets (at the very least)?
Shona - 09/08/2017 @ 11:01am
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Recycling collection needs to be improved to a weekly service like other centres. Trying to remember if it is the on week or off week is a disincentive to people. Also look to other centres and supply bins for the recycling, we use stackable bins which removable lids, so they take up little space in the garage, the warehouse sell them for quite cheaply, I'm sure the council could source them for a reasonable price, even going so far to colour them for different recycling types.
Paul - 21/07/2017 @ 6:59pm
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Overall some of us just have needless THINGS, in life. But we need to break items down, clothing should be shredded to make other items, Wood, Metals etc. Items that can be re-used. To FILL our landfills with vast amounts of THINGS is not sloving the ECO problems. For example glass/plastic recycled. So we need to do the same for the other items that get thrown into the landfill. I genuinely think we hold far TOO much stock in our stores, stock that we cannot really as a Country cope with or need. (once it goes out of fashion/interest). Cars that we cannot get rid of, and tyres.
Tanya - 23/06/2017 @ 11:13am
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It is important to think of the future of the region, and the country. Environmental sustainability should be at the forefront of any decision that impacts the community and the environment. A solution that evened out costs over time and had a greater positive long term impact on the environment would be preferable.
Stacey - 27/08/2015 @ 11:07am
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Please reduce the impact on the environment. You can't put a price on the environmental scars our kids will have to deal with by enlarging the landfill ...
Alison - 24/07/2015 @ 11:18pm
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I the UK they gave recycling bins this has helped heaps in reducing waste! Why don't the council provide for free recycling bins or bags that we can leave out on recycling day. This would prevent wastage from the very start.
Jenni - 23/07/2015 @ 5:32pm
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Take a look at Christchurch on rubbish day! Take a look around the city at how many recycling bins there are. I've seen the landfill and the amount up there that could be recycled is shocking!! In Christchurch each house has 3 wheelie bins - 1 recycling, 2 green waste, 3 actual rubbish. And around the town you will find a recycling bin right next to a rubbish bin. If the council brought something like this in I believe the amount going to the landfill would drastically reduce. Saving the landfill and the environment.!
Anna - 23/07/2015 @ 11:16am
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I think it sounds like the reports need to be completed from each of the options and provided to the public to consider. My own preference is to explore recycling - this is to me the most sensible and sustainable outlook.
Brad - 22/07/2015 @ 9:45pm
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It is unfortunate that this has been presented in an either or manner. You have totally negelected to suggest that further investment be made in recycling to reduce the need for the landfull in the first place (changing the return on investment over time etc) Can you please go back to the drawing board and rephrase the question you are putting to the public to better refelct all the available alternatives.
Paul - 22/07/2015 @ 8:27pm
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Background

Valley D at Omarunui Landfill (where Hastings and Napier’s rubbish gets tipped into at the moment) is nearly full.

While there is no ideal way to dispose of our rubbish – all options are expensive and have differing environmental impacts – if we put a lot of thought into it we can get the best possible outcome for our community.

The options staff are exploring at the moment focus on improving our recycling and composting rates, with the rest of the rubbish being disposed of in one of four ways:

  • Extending Omarunui Landfill, ie opening another valley
  • Trucking waste to a commercial landfill outside of our area
  • Using Mechanical Biological Treatment, through mechanised recycling removal (for things like metals) and then using a biological process to decompose the rest, with the end compost-like product going into landfill
  • Using a thermal treatment, after first pre-treating the waste by mechanised recycling removal (for things like metals) and then using a gasification process (a little like baking) with the end product going into landfill. This process has the benefit of producing a usable energy product.

While all of the options will be expensive, the exact costs, risks and benefits of each of these options are being thoroughly investigated by staff now before the final options are put before the public in the next few months.

Give us your feedback

So, now you've read all about it, tell us what you think.

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