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Independent Commissioners have declined an application by Waste Management NZ Ltd to expand its landfill operation in Tirohia. The company had applied to Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council for resource consent to extend the area of operations at their site between Paeroa and Te Aroha. The decision is subject to a 15 working day appeal period.

Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams said he is glad to see the process moving forward.

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“Now the applicant and submitters have the commissioners’ decision, they can take a good look through the report and then decide if they wish to appeal the whole, or part, of the decision to the Environment Court. This will determine the timing for any possible mediation or appeal hearing. So, at this stage, this is a formal legal process. We need to wait and see what happens during the appeal period,” he said.

Waste Management’s application to the two Councils was for resource consent, including land use, and discharge and water permits, to allow construction and operation of a landfill site, known as Tirohia Landfill Phase C. The footprint of the proposed site is approximately 15 hectares, with a capacity to contain approximately 3 million cubic metres of municipal solid waste, and ancillary facilities.

Read more about the original resource consent application.

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