Landfill charges to rise - report

Ian Featherston.
Ian Featherston.
Landfill charges will have to rise, but most people will still be better off, if a second weighbridge is installed at Dunedin's Green Island landfill, a report says.

The findings were in a report by council solid waste manager Ian Featherston, to be considered by councillors during this week's draft 2014-15 annual plan deliberations.

The report came after councillors voted to consult the public on a proposal to add a second weighbridge at the Green Island landfill, following an outcry over the end of discretionary charges earlier this year.

Mr Featherston, in his report, said a three-day trial - putting all 250 vehicles that visited the landfill over the weighbridge - had been carried out during consultation on the draft budget.

Results showed if a second weighbridge was installed, the per tonne charges for general solid waste, green waste and mixed loads would all need to rise to avoid the council falling 13%, or $467,000, short of its budgeted landfill income for 2014-15.

Adjustments to meet budget would result in the general waste fee rising, from the $130 a tonne consulted on for 2014-15, to $145 a tonne instead.

Green waste would rise from $80 a tonne to $100 a tonne, and mixed loads from $110 a tonne to $115 a tonne, his report said.

The charges were used to calculate other individual charges but, despite the increases, 63% of users would still be better off if the second weighbridge was installed, his report showed.

Installation was now expected to cost $110,000, less than the $150,000 estimated previously.

It would significantly cut some users' charges, while increasing others' dramatically, in some cases.

For example, the average cost of a carload of rubbish would decrease to $8.75, down from the flat fee of $18, although the range could fluctuate with use of the weighbridge from as little as $2.90 to as high as $23.20.

A station wagon's average charge would be $13.90, down from the $32 fee, but range from $5.80 to $31.90.

However, while the average cost of a trailer load would increase just $1, to $47, from the flat fee of $46, the range could fluctuate from as little as $26.10 to as much as $226.20, he said.

The council had received 14 submissions on the weighbridge proposal, split evenly between supporting and opposing its installation.

Mr Featherston's report will be considered this week.

Smart people don't use the tip

For a fee of around $200 paid in advance you get a large wheelie bin with a weekly empty. All you have to do is wheel it out and no there's time, petrol or cash for tip fees wasted.

And if you're nasty and vindictive like me (an argument with the DCC over a blue bin years ago), you could also throw everything recyclable in there too. 

Fee's are rising but they're not?

Fact:  DCC tip fee increases are now almost a significant yearly occurence, it would seem. Can't afford the current fee to take stuff there anymore, let alone paying any future fee rise. The charge may be lower, but maybe not. Sounds like the usual gobblygook to me.

Gamble on what the price will be to dump your rubbish? What rubbish, bit like the stadium rates rise really.

Drop the fee, keep the dump affordable and the rubbish will end up in it. All will be able to use it, Mr Featherston.

You could always tile the tip enterance make it look good and sell the stadium, then you could afford to lower tip fees

Roadside rubbish dumpers

I've seen enough rubbish on the roadside to know the effect increased tip fees will have. However, I can state from personal experience that if you catch a person dumping rubbish it's best to take their number plate, photograph them if you can, and report it.
I had the bad luck some years ago to catch a rubbish dumper in the act. He threw a screaming tantrum worthy of a pre-schooler. So if you don't want a fist waved under your nose and a four letter speech about how nobody has any right to object to what he's doing and that means you, be careful. These aren't very nice people.

More dumped waste on our rural roads

Quote "...would all need to rise to avoid the council falling 13%, or $467,000, short of its budgeted landfill income..."

This figure is what the council wants for its surplus, not what it needs to operate. In a previous ODT article it stated the landfill generated a surplus. There's no prizes for guessing what white elephant the surplus will be propping up. In the mean time rubbish dumping will continue to increase. I don't personally need to use the landfill, but I realise there are people that do. Why don't the council get the idea of core services, instead of continuing to bleed Dunedin dry trying to support a legacy left by a few influencial old boys that are conveinently longer on the scene.

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