No extra pit waste to dump

 Past (left) and present aerial photographs show the location of a underground tar well...
Past (left) and present aerial photographs show the location of a underground tar well containing toxic material stored in Hillside Rd. IMAGE: ODT GRAPHICS
The taking of hazardous waste from the South Dunedin Gasworks tar pit to the Green Island Landfill has not been repeated since it was trialled in the 1990s, a Dunedin City Council spokesman has confirmed.

Before the site was sealed in 2005, about 300cum of tar was removed from three above-ground tar holding tanks, stabilised with lime and cement, and disposed of in a hazardous waste cell at the Green Island Landfill.

No additional hazardous waste from the gasworks tar pit had been deposited at the Green Island landfill, the spokesman said.

The council decided to manage the material in situ while it was assessing options for the remediation of the site, he said.

A feasibility study for the site notes the council prefers a remediation option that uses offsite disposal because that method could ‘‘completely remove the contaminants from the site and therefore ensure the environment is protected’’.

The study assesses disposal at Green Island, Burnside Landfill in Dunedin, AB Lime at Winton, Kate Valley Landfill in North Canterbury, and Redruth Landfill in Timaru.

The Green Island Landfill receives the lowest score in the study.

Burnside Landfill receives the highest score.


May sound weird to some, but I naturally associate "tar" with roading, asphalt, building papers ... yes before the plastic stuff ... melthoid (sp) a thick tape that was used as a moisture barrier between foundations and bottom plates in house framing ... and probably a couple of dozen other uses I don't know about.

Is there any possible use for this "toxic" substance that wouldn't be environmentally harmful ?? Can we export it to China or the Philippines, in exchange for dirty coal maybe ?! Someone needs to start thinking outside the square here.

The only other one I can think of involves feathers, ORC and DCC councillors (especially those who recommend Ivermectin as a cure for Covid Delta) .. but someone may have a better idea.



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