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3 Landfill design standard

The regulations state that after 8 October 2004 regional councils and unitary authorities must enforce the requirements of the landfill gas standard for any new landfill over 1 million tonnes design capacity.

3.1 Review of implementation

The review reveals four large landfills not complying with the landfill design standard, as shown in table 4. Marlborough District Council and Otago Regional Council indicated that problems with engineering design were the cause. However, these councils (and Greater Wellington) have not provided information of any enforcement action.

The implementation and effectiveness of the landfill design standard is therefore considered to be patchy. Four landfills were identified as being non-compliant but, based on a lack of information provided in this review, there appears to be no enforcement activity occurring.

Table 4: Compliance with the landfill design standard

Council Complying Non-complying
Auckland Redvale, Whitford, Rosedale, Greenmount  
Bay of Plenty NA  
Canterbury Kate Valley  
Gisborne NA  
Hawke’s Bay Yes (details not provided)  
Horizons Awapuni, Bonnie Glen  
Marlborough   1 landfill (details not provided)
Nelson NA  
Northland NA  
Otago   Green Island
Southland Yes (details not provided)  
Taranaki NA  
Tasman NA  
Waikato Tirohia, Hampton Downs  
Wellington Southern, Spicers, Silverstream Wainuiomata, Otaihunga
West Coast NA  

Note: NA = not applicable.