Joint venture for district’s waste to be decided

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The Waitaki District Council will decide today whether to approve a recommendation to form a 50:50 joint venture with Waste Management Limited to deliver solid waste services to the Waitaki district when the Oamaru landfill closes in 2016.

The detail surrounding waste management beyond 2016 is yet to be decided by the joint venture company, however the proposed site for a transfer station will be located near the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park in Oamaru.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said while the changes will have no impact on rates, the cost of disposing of rubbish will increase.

“For the most part there will be no change,” Mr Kircher said.

“There will be greater incentives for people to recycle because it is cheaper to get rid of recyclables than residual rubbish which either has to be trucked out of the district or to a landfill.”

Mr Kircher said the new company will have to consider whether it is more cost effective to construct a new landfill in the district or transport rubbish to another location.

The exact nature of the involvement of the Resource Recovery Trust is still to be worked out, he said.

By LINDA MCCARTHY