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.
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:
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.
The bio-solids accepted at Spicer comply with both the landfill resource consent and the landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria.
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.
A number of reports and documents are available on the issues:Spicer Landfill odour complaint review 2014-17, Tonkin + Taylor, March 2017
Independent report by Beca Ltd – Spicer Landfill Odour Report (December 2015)
PCC Reports to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Landfill Joint Committee:
Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) Compliance Monitoring Report (for period 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015)