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
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
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
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
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
Mr Featherston's report will be considered this week.