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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.
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