Rosedale landfill to close?

WELLINGTON Shire Council will consider the future of the Rosedale Landfill, at a September council meeting.

Council officers have prepared a report for council recommending the closure of the facility, as early as October 30.

Rosedale Landfill does not currently meet a number of Environment Protection Authority or Occupational Health and Safety standards, and experiences low usage.

On average, the landfill only receives one tonne of domestic waste per week, equivalent to about six six-by-four trailer loads, making the cost of operating the facility incredibly expensive.

The landfill is unlined, meaning that the risk of environmental impact is significantly increased.

In addition to this, the facility also has limited infrastructure to allow for the recovery of recyclables, which means the majority of the waste simply goes into the landfill, without being sorted and recovered for reuse.

The operating cost of the facility is currently more than $1750 per tonne (based on total tonnes received per annum), compared to the nearby Kilmany Resource Recovery Centre which operates at around $37 per tonne.

The EPA is moving towards the closure of small unlicensed landfills, and Rosedale fits into this category.

Because of to its small size and its close proximity to Kilmany landfill, the EPA would not grant a formal licence to continue to operate a landfill at Rosedale.

Council will consider this recommendation at its ordinary meeting on September 4.