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Published: 2004-03-12 00:00:00

The new landfill at Hampton Downs is developing well and in compliance with its resource consents, this week’s Environment Waikato Regulatory Committee meeting heard.

Design and documentation work began on the landfill soon after the Environment Court decision was issued in October 2001 and continued until late 2002, when all work stopped. Envirowaste Services said the stop was a commercial decision while they focused on development of their Greenmount landfill in Auckland.

Work began again in January this year and the first loads of refuse begin in July next year. Work done to date includes completion of the development of the Hampton Downs Road overbridge junction with State Highway 1, engineering approvals for the realignment and upgrade of Hampton Downs Road. Monitoring bores had been installed, and groundwater and surface water were being monitored.

There was regular liaison between Envirowaste, Waikato District Council and Environment Waikato and no significant earthworks had been done, other than for site access.

Resource Officer Bary Campbell said the company had complied well with consent conditions, the landfill project was well managed and he was confident that the landfill would be constructed in accordance with consent conditions. A bond was to be provided to ensure compliance and the company and contractors had demonstrated a willingness to develop and operate the landfill well.