A landfill is a very complex facility, requiring the latest in technology to ensure the natural by-products that come with the burying of rubbish do not pollute our waterways, land or air. Omarunui Landfill has a Class A rating. It is not open to the public (except for organised tours), and commercial operators require a licence to be able to dispose of rubbish at the site.
Omarunui Landfill received more than 86,000 tonnes of waste in the 2017/18 year. That is the equivalent of 86,000 small cars (which weigh about a tonne) each year.
Omarunui Landfill, to the west of Taradale, is jointly owned by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council. It opened for operation in late 1988. It has a Ministry for the Environment Class A rating, which recognises its extensive pollutant control and the practices in place to ensure effective environmental protection.
Of particular note is a gas to energy project at the landfill. It turns methane, a by-product of burying rubbish in a landfill, into electricity. The resulting electricity is sold back into the grid. The gas to electricity initiative, which became operational in 2015 and now produces about 1000 kilowatts of electricity a year, is a partnership between Hastings District Council and Pioneer Energy. That amount of electricity can power about 1000 homes for a year.
Omarunui Landfill is not open to the public. Public rubbish drop-offs are at the Transfer Stations.
The landfill is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday to commercial operators/contractors with an Omarunui Landfill Waste Disposal Licence.
To obtain an Omarunui Landfill Waste Disposal Licence contact Hastings District Council. There are certain criteria that need to be met before a licence is approved.
The disposal costs for all commercial/industrial trucks and trailer units are here: Omarunui Landfill Charges.
Additional penalty charges may be charged in the following situations at the discretion of the landfill manager:
Omarunui Landfill is committed to providing an environmentally responsible waste disposal site which safely contains all waste on-site, complies with legal requirements, and seeks to continually improve environmental performance.
If you have ever wondered how waste is managed in Hastings and Napier, consider taking a public tour of the landfill and refuse transfer stations. Register your interest in a tour by emailing Hastings District Council.
Omarunui Landfill, Puketapu, Hawke's Bay
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