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5.2.4 Implementation Methods - Discharges Onto or Into Land Good Practice

Waikato Regional Council will, in conjunction with other organisations, industry groups and individuals, provide guidance on the development, implementation and review of good practices or appropriate codes of practice for:

  1. cleanfilling and overburden disposal, addressing issues such as filling techniques, site selection, sediment control, waste acceptance criteria, rehabilitation, site stability/drainage and the protection/reuse of topsoil material
  2. dumps and offal holes on production land, addressing issues such as location, allowable rubbish types and management of the site after it has closed
  3. composting operations, addressing issues such as odour management, location and raw material control
  4. the reuse of non-hazardous by products from industrial or trade premises (e.g. paunch grass from meat processing sites) as soil conditioners, addressing issues such as nutrient management, water quality, assessing and managing the carrying capacity of the soil and odour management.

Advisory Note:

  • Some initial good management practices have been identified for dumps and offal holes on production land in Section 5.2.12. Promotion

Waikato Regional Council will promote the:

  1. provision by territorial authorities of refuse transfer stations that are accessible to rural communities
  2. provision by private industry or territorial authorities of hazardous waste collection systems for small quantities of hazardous waste
  3. Used Oil Recovery Programme established by Milburn Cement and the oil industry to provide a collection scheme for waste oil through out the Region
  4. use of alternatives to waste oil for controlling dust
  5. reuse and recycling of construction and demolition waste such as concrete, bitumen, aggregates and wood. Part XII RMA Enforcement

Waikato Regional Council will apply for enforcement orders, issue abatement notices and use other enforcement mechanisms in Part XII of the RMA, where an activity has the effects listed in Policy 2 or breaches conditions of rules in the Plan.

Discharges onto or into land that may result in, or increase the potential, for the adverse effects listed in Policy 2 occurring include:

  1. cleanfilling or overburden disposal where there is inadequate sediment, run-off or leachate control of the site is not rehabilitated properly
  2. the siting of dumps or offal holes on production land in locations where the waste will contaminate water
  3. the production of objectionable odour as a consequence of poor management of composting
  4. the disposal of waste into cave entrances, stream sinks or wetlands
  5. the contamination of soils as a consequence of intentional or unintentional discharges of hazardous substances. Integration

Waikato Regional Council will promote integration with other relevant organisations in respect of:

  1. aligning the management of cleanfilling and overburden disposal across regional and district plans when district plans are reviewed to ensure that duplication is minimised
  2. the development and implementation of a system of tracking hazardous waste being transported across region council boundaries to ensure that the waste is disposed of in appropriate facilities.


Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Methods to
These methods are necessary to provide for non-regulatory means of implementing Policy 1 of this Chapter. Of particular importance are Methods to

Method identifies that industry initiatives to develop and implement codes of practice and good practices will be an important tool in managing the effects of discharges onto or into land.

Method recognises that in some parts of the Region there are no easily available disposal methods for solid hazardous wastes (including animal carcasses). Rules in this Chapter relating to dumps and offal holes on production land (Methods and may make it difficult for some of these sites to continue operating. In those circumstances alternative waste disposal techniques must be made available to the community.

Method acknowledges that enforcement action under the RMA is available in instances where activities have adverse effects that do not meet the performance standards identified in Policy 2. Method identifies that some potential overlaps exist between regional and district council management of activities such as cleanfilling as a consequence of district plans being prepared in advance of this Plan. Some district plans exercise control over matters outside of their jurisdiction. Waikato Regional Council will need to work with territorial authorities when their plans are reviewed to address these overlaps. The Method also identifies that the transport of waste across regional boundaries (and hazardous waste in particular) has the potential to have adverse effects if waste goes into uncontrolled facilities. The Method acknowledges that Waikato Regional Council needs to work with neighbouring councils and central government to address the tracking of these wastes.

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