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Spicer Landfill is one of Porirua City’s most well-used facilities – it’s frequented by those disposing of household, commercial and industrial waste. It is also home to the bulk recycling facility, a green waste area and to Trash Palace. The landfill is part of the critical infrastructure required to support economic development in the city and in terms of resilience, the landfill provides space for depositing waste in the event of a significant event occurring in the Wellington region such as an earthquake.
Spicer Landfill is running out of room faster than anticipated and the consents allowing the landfill to operate are expiring. Based on current usage the landfill is likely to run out of room by 2026/27.
Plans to extend the landfill have been included in Long-term and Asset Management planning since 2009 with the most recent 2021-2051 Long-term Plan continuing to outline and budget for plans to extend the landfill by adding two more cells (cells 3 and 4).
We’re now embarking on the resource consent process to get approval to develop the landfill to meet our growing city’s needs. We want to make sure we get this right so are inviting people to find out more about the issues and the proposed solution and share their thoughts with us to ensure that flora, fauna, harbour, and streams are protected, and waste continues to be managed efficiently and effectively.
We have held two rounds of community engagement this year and you can read about the details of those below.
There will be another opportunity to provide your feedback when we hold our third community engagement session early next year. Please refer to our timeline below.
We held our second round of community engagement sessions in July, where we asked the community for feedback on our draft design for the extension and an update on the technical studies. Our feedback period closed on 29 July 2022.
The associated engagement documents are available below, and we will share a summary of feedback received here soon.
We held our first round of community engagement sessions in March and the feedback period closed on 14 April 2022.
A summary of feedback received and associated engagement documents are available below.
As a Council we’re committed to reducing waste regionally from 600kg/person per year to 400kg/person by 2026. Even achieving that target, we are left with significant waste that needs to be managed which is why we still need to develop and extend the landfill at this stage.
Despite our best intentions to minimise waste, the volume of waste going to the landfill is increasing at a rate greater than anticipated.
You might be surprised at what goes into the landfill and how much of that could be reused, recycled or composted.
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Do you know that over half of what goes to Spicer Landfill could be reused, recycled or composted? We want to preserve the precious space we have left and divert and recover what we can.
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From the 1950s the population of Porirua began to grow. In 1954, Porirua Borough Council opened Sievers Grove Landfill in Porirua East. General household refuse and commercial/industrial waste is known to have been deposited there.
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