Dunedin City Council staff yesterday moved to explain further
the surplus made by the council's solid waste activities.
It was reported last week the Green Island landfill was
expected to generate a $1.5 million surplus this financial
year, contributing to a forecast end surplus of $1.37 million
from the council's overall solid waste activities.
Council staff yesterday confirmed those figures were correct,
but said the general rates taken to contribute to the
operation of the Middlemarch Transfer Station, Waikouaiti
Landfill, litter collection and clean-up days, had to be
subtracted from any dividend to the council.
They explained that after deducting capital expenditure and
loan repayments, they were left with a $1.29 million
That figure was then reduced by the amount of general rates
gathered for solid waste activities. In 2013-14, that would
That left a net total of $819,000, although the operation was
forecast to be $372,000 under budget due in part to the
previous charging issues.
Next year, 2014-15, solid waste revenue was expected to be
down as the Tahuna Waste Water Treatment Plant, which was
upgrading its incinerator, sent less sludge to the landfill
Sludge disposal was a significant income for the landfill.
About $506,000 in rates was expected to be taken for solid
waste activities, meaning that although a net surplus of
$957,000 was forecast, only about $451,000 of that would
actually be counted as the dividend.