AB Lime to put its case at hearing

Southland's key landfill will make its case next week at a hearing focused on wanting to remove a cap on how much waste it can take.

Aspects of what Winton’s AB Lime asked for last year in its consent applications proved controversial, in particular its bid to remove the cap on how much waste it can accept annually and accepting other regions’ rubbish.

It also asked to formalise its ability to accept emergency waste.

The application was notified to 21 parties within about 2km of the landfill as well as to tangata whenua via Te Ao Marama and Hokonui Runanga.

Seven submissions were received. Of these, five opposed the plans and wished to be heard at the upcoming hearing.

Other evidence commissioner Allan Cubitt will consider includes statements from key people at AB Lime as well as an Environment Southland recommending report.

The hearing will begin 9am on Monday at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club and all evidence is expected to be given by May 21.

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