Anchor Products eight processing sites have consistently complied with resource consents, earning praise from Environment Waikato.
This week’s Council’s Regulatory Committee heard that there was a high level of compliance with conditions, especially for wastewater discharges, at all sites. Stormwater consents were still a problem with 15 of the 31 non-compliances for stormwater. The sites openly reported non-compliances and had the necessary expertise to actively strive to improve environmental performance.
Resource Officer Jim May said one site at Waitoa, which had previously had a record of high non-compliance, won an environmental business award for its Environmental Management System in November 1999. Air quality at the site had improved, although a small number of complaints were still received.
The calibre, experience and knowledge of site environmental staff continued to contribute to Anchor maintaining its high level of compliance, he said.
Councillors said they were pleased with the results achieved, especially after earlier problems at some sites.