Dunedin city councillors will consider the option of
installing a weighbridge at the Green Island landfill to more
accurately charge each person for the amount of rubbish they
want to dump.
Other councils around the country commonly use weighbridges,
with charges ranging from about $118 a tonne for general
waste and $54 a tonne for green waste in Wellington to $231 a
tonne and $92 a tonne for green waste in Christchurch.
Other councils have a single charge that covers both general
and green waste.
Council solid waste manager Ian Featherston said staff had
investigated the cost of installing a second weighbridge.
A weighbridge is already in operation for commercial users
and large truckloads of waste, although user charges would
only be worked out if councillors decided to go with a
Many landfill users have complained about the cost since a
fee increase and since booth operators' ability to use their
discretion was removed last year.
Operators recently started charging by vehicle size or
trailer-load, instead of by what amount of rubbish was being
Cr Andrew Noone said he felt a weighbridge was the best way
to go, for fairness and efficiency of the operation.
However, it would depend on the cost of installing it and how
long it would take to pay it off.
''I really feel we have no choice. It's only a matter of
time; we've got to have one.
''Economically, if the payback period is over a relatively
short period of time it is something we should at least
Cr Kate Wilson said she would rather see people reusing or
recycling more of their waste than the council having to
invest in a weighbridge.
A weighbridge would remove all the anomalies that could deter
people from recycling or disposing of their waste sensibly,
but it depended on the cost, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said.