Until recently Taupo district’s waste went into eight sub-standard dumps. Taupo District Council has closed these sites. They now have a waste reduction strategy in place and a new well-built landfill opened in June, 2000.
For many years, solid waste in the Taupo district was disposed of into one large dump (at Broadlands Road near Taupo) and seven smaller dumps. Find out where the Taupo district landfills are on our landfills map.
By 1984 these dumps were recognised as unsatisfactory. They were filling up and could not take the increasing amounts of waste being produced.
The seven small dumps were not environmentally acceptable because of:
The main Broadlands Road site:
Changes needed to be made.
The Taupo District Council built a new, modern landfill on land next to the old Broadlands Road landfill. They have closed all the other dumps and built refuse transfer stations for receiving waste.
The new landfill opened in June 2000. It was built to modern standards and is managed to minimise environmental effects without being unacceptably expensive.
Waste is compacted as it is deposited to make best use of the available space and extend the life of the landfill.
To minimise the discharge of leachate it has:
Through the resource consent process, Waikato Regional Council has also imposed other controls. These include strict waste acceptance criteria to make sure no hazardous waste is dumped at the site. The consent conditions require regular monitoring of ground water quality and leachate. Monitoring will also ensure that the site is not being affected by geothermal activity.
Find out more about hazardous waste.
Taupo District Council developed a waste management strategy to reduce waste by:
Check out X-treme Waste - a community organisation working to reduce and manage waste in Raglan.
Check out what people in the Waikato region are doing with their waste.