Covid-19 Update

Alert Level 2
Most Council facilities are open and will be operating under the Level 2 guidelines, keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates or visit our Covid-19 Services and facilities page. For up to date information about alert levels, community cases, and getting tested visit and

Council facilities & services Covid-19 welfare information Small business support

Spicer Landfill odour

We provide information about any odour issues at Spicer Landfill as part of our commitment to communicate effectively with the community.


From time to time, there have been complaints from residents in the western hills of Tawa and Linden area about bad odour coming from Spicer Landfill.

Porirua City, Wellington City, and Greater Wellington Regional Councils, with Tawa Community Board members, have agreed to work together to deal with any odour problems.

The reports to the joint committee include steps to address recommendations made in the independent review by Beca in December 2015 and the GWRC compliance monitoring report. 

Frequently asked questions

Odour can be caused by the gas in the landfill which is created by waste as it breaks down. 

Over the past couple of years, we have:

  • Reduced the amount of liquid in the sludge  
  • Reduced the open tipping area 
  • Increased the depth of clay cover over the filling areas 
  • Added extra cover at the end of each day 
  • Planted more trees on the Tawa boundary 
  • Continued to monitor daily and respond 

Spicer Landfill is a joint venture, owned by Porirua City Council (78.5 per cent) and Wellington City Council (21.5 per cent). The landfill is managed by Porirua City Council.

Porirua City Council (PCC) reports to a Joint Venture Committee which has representatives from both Porirua and Wellington City Councils (WCC).

EnviroWaste Services Ltd operates the landfill on behalf of the two Councils.

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) plays a regulatory role. They ensure the landfill is operating according to its resource consent conditions. GWRC also responds to complaints from the public.

Wellington Water Ltd is contracted to run the wastewater treatment plant. Porirua City Council manages the contract.

The odour that residents smell is unpleasant but not dangerous.

Landfill staff who may be exposed to landfill gas, for example when working on the gas system or digging into the landfill, wear personal gas sensors. 

Phone Greater Wellington Regional Council on 0800 496 734 and they will log your call and investigate.

Reports and Minutes