Green Island Landfill’s future still to be decided: council

A decision has yet to be made on the future of Dunedin’s Green Island Landfill, the Dunedin City Council says.

Council waste and environmental solutions group manager Chris Henderson said the consents to operate the landfill expired in October next year.

"No decision has been made regarding any application for consent to extend the life of the landfill," Mr Henderson said.

Furthermore, he said, a contract to cap and close the maxed-out northern portion of the landfill had not been awarded yet.

But he expected a contract to be in place by the end of this month and he hoped work would get under way next month, he said.

DCC tender documents obtained by the Otago Daily Times last year showed the council was seeking a local contractor for the upcoming job, expected to begin on January 10.

It said the landfill would undergo a phased closure and the complete closure of the landfill was expected to be finished within the next 10 years.

Investigations and decisions regarding the Green Island Landfill’s remaining life were being undertaken, the documents said.

A consent application for the Green Island Landfill’s presumed successor, a proposed Smooth Hill Landfill, near Brighton, was lodged with the Otago Regional Council in August 2020.

After a public consultation last year attracted nearly 300 submissions that were largely opposed to the DCC’s plan, the ORC has now said a hearing will be held in the middle of this year.

hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

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