Ōmarunui Landfill, to the west of Taradale, is jointly owned by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council. It opened for operation in late 1988. The rubbish that goes to the landfill comes from the Hastings and Napier transfer stations, the kerbside rubbish collections, as well as from businesses using commercial collection companies.
It is not open to the public.
The two councils, Napier and Hastings, are 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.
Ōmarunui Landfill 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 has been operating since 2015, now produces about 1000 kilowatts of electricity a year, enough to power about 1000 homes for a year.
The project is a partnership between Hastings District Council and Pioneer Energy.
Omarunui Landfill, Puketapu, Hawke's Bay
The landfill is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday to commercial operators/contractors with an Ōmarunui Landfill Waste Disposal Licence.
Disposal charges for commercial/industrial trucks and trailer units are here: Ōmarunui Landfill Charges.
Additional penalty charges may be charged in the following situations at the discretion of the landfill manager:
Omarunui Landfill Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).
|Landfill Charges||Fee (incl GST)|
|Waste Type||Minimum charge for municipal refuse (excludes all special wastes)||$308.20||Municipal refuse (per tonne or part thereof)||$166.75||Whole tyres (per tonne or part thereof)||$690.00||Processed tyres||$517.50||Expanded polystyrene (EPS) / Poly Panel (per tonne)||$1,564.00||Minimum charge for polystyrene||$287.50||Out of Hastings District (per tonne or part thereof)||$287.50|
|Special wastes (per tonne or part thereof)||Semi liquid||$212.75||Certain contaminated and hazardous waste (including asbestos & contaminated soils)||$212.75||Putrescible waste||$212.75||Vehicle parts||$212.75||Minimum charge for special wastes listed above||$319.70||Skins/pelts or smilar waste||$356.50||Chromium contanimated waste||$356.50||Hydrogen sulphide contanimated waste||$356.50||Minimum charge for special wastes listed above||$529.00|
|Penalty Charges||Fee (incl GST)|
|Note: Additional penalty charges may be charged in the following situations at the discretion of the Landfill Manager|
|Note: Late delivery of waste (after 4.30pm or outside normal operating hours)|
|Note: Non-compliance with direction given for delivery of wastes, such as putrecible wastes and special wastes||Insecure loads - the Kiosk Operator, Landfill Supervisor or Landfill Manager may impose a penalty charge for continued insecure loads||$117.00|
The investigation of historic landfills was completed in 2021.
Like other councils across New Zealand, Hastings District Council combed through the records of former Hastings councils to identify areas in our district that were used in the past to dump rubbish.
The project was initiated following the uncovering of a historical landfill on the West Coast in 2019, in a severe weather event that led to old rubbish spilling into the Fox River. The Associate Minister for the Environment of the time, Eugenie Sage, asked all councils to review their records to identify old dumping areas.
In Hastings, larger historical landfills that are known about, such as Roys Hill, are monitored by Council and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and recorded on the Ministry for the Environments Hazardous Activities and Industries (HAIL) list.
However, smaller sites, often used for short periods of time and with limited information recorded by the councils of the day, can be more difficult to pinpoint.
In 2019, Council officers commenced a search of the minutes and correspondence of the previous councils, firstly those of the former Havelock North Borough Council. Eight potential sites were discovered, with six confirmed as sites used by the community and council in the late-1950s to mid-1960s as waste dumping sites.
Four of the six sites were under reserve land; in Anderson Park, Awarua Cres, Tauroa Rd Reserve, and Te Mata Rd, near Durham Dr, while two sites were on private land, at Havelock North Primary School and a private address in Arataki Rd.
An initial investigation by specialist engineering and environmental company Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP), advised that the old sites posed little risk to both human health and the environment, given their small size, the type of waste dumped, and their age. Follow-up physical investigations at Anderson Park confirmed the initial findings for that site.
In 2020, Council discussed the matter with the owners of the private properties and assisted them with decisions around further testing if required, informed Hawke’s Bay Regional Council of the findings, advised the community of the investigations, and instigated physical testing of the three further Council-owned sites.
For more information, read the media release here.
They are rubbish dumping areas that councils and communities in the past used to dispose of waste. In this context, the term refers to areas that little is known about, as councils of the day did not keep the sort of records required today.
In 2019 central Government asked councils to investigate historical landfills. The instruction came in the wake of an old landfill on the West Coast uncovered during a storm event, which led to rubbish spilling into the Fox River.
With no specific files kept on these dumping sites by councils of the time, Hastings District Council officers used long-time local residents’ knowledge, historical meeting minutes and correspondence, photos, and geographic data to identify likely sites. They then further investigated to confirm or discount the sites.
Yes, Council reviewed historical documents to identify all sites that needed investigation.
Council has recorded their whereabouts for future reference. Given the low risks, it does not need to take any remedial action unless excavation of an affected area is required. In that case, the project’s health and safety plan would reflect that there is a landfill below ground and note the appropriate actions required to protect both the community and the environment. It was noted that the sites should be checked following severe weather events.
Contact Council with the address of the site, and your name and contact details (email: firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Historic landfills' in the subject line) and we will pass this information to the appropriate team, and they will get in touch with you.
Once Council officers had located the sites, specialist engineering and environmental company Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP) was contracted to review the information and prepare a risk report. That report found that the risks to human health were low because of the small size of the sites, the type of rubbish the council of the day allowed to be tipped there, and the length of time since they had been used.
Historical meeting minutes and correspondence show that these areas were used by the Havelock North Borough Council for waste disposal in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.
While the PDP report found the risks were low, Council decided to do physical testing at one of the sites for additional information. They included taking below-ground soil samples and testing for gas. Those test findings confirmed that the risks were low.
Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP) was contracted to review the information and prepare a risk report. That report found that the risks to human health were low because of the small size of the sites, the type of rubbish the council of the day allowed to be tipped there, and the length of time since they had been used.
The environmental risks from these sites were assessed as part of the initial PDP report. Like the risks to human health, because of the small size of the sites, the types of materials disposed of, and the age of the landfill, the report found that risks to the environment were low.
Council has provided all the information on these sites to the landowners. The reports that form part of that information include steps that landowners can take if they would like to do further investigations.
Council recorded their whereabouts for future reference. Given the low risks, it does not need to take any remedial action unless excavation of an affected area is required. In that case, the project’s health and safety plan would reflect that there is a landfill below ground and note the required appropriate actions. It was noted that the sites should be inspected following severe weather events.
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