Hokio Landfill Pollution Deplored By Iwi

Kapiti Coast Councillor Jackie Elliott is calling for action after an Iwi group protested to the KCDC about pollution caused by Kapiti’s waste at the Hokio landfill near Levin.

A delegation of iwi from the Ngati Parerraukawa Marae, led by David Moore, went to the Council this week to share their concerns about the continued disposal of all waste at the landfill.

Cr Elliott is the KCDC’s elected representative on the Wellington Regional Waste Forum and the regional Waste Minimisation and Management Group.

She says: ‘It was important they came and opened a dialogue with this council so the whole table is very clear about the nature of their concerns and (their) fears for the future of all the polluted

adjoining land.

‘As a result, I  have requested staff prepare a report for Council on the challenges and risks of amending or exiting the contracts with Envirowaste and Midwest to lease our landfills and manage our waste.

Rubbish truck on the way to the dump

‘Breaches and unacceptable odour’

She adds: ‘There is clearly still an issue, with the consent conditions at the landfill being breached, and unacceptable odour issues, with the latest of over 400 reported breaches occurring just last week.

”I am not satisfied that adding to the long-term detrimental effects on the natural environment by the disposal of Kapiti’s waste there daily is acceptable — or in line with our community’s aspirations and goals to be clean with sustainable waste management habits.’

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