Push for rail service to proposed landfill

By: Craig Powell

Mahurangi residents have put together a comprehensive plan to solve major environmental and traffic hazards if permission is granted for a controversial landfill, in the Dome Valley.

A major concern with the landfill, proposed by industry giant Waste Management is that it would see an extra 300 heavy trucks a day on a stretch of State Highway 1 that is already notorious for accidents and fatalities. But the Mahurangi East Residents and Ratepayers Association (MERRA) says this problem could be solved if the bulk of the waste was transported by rail, not road.

In a paper on its proposal, MERRA says it does not support the establishment of a landfill in such a “sensitive and beautiful spot”, but concedes such projects are “driven by powerful needs and interests” and they can be both difficult and expensive to stop. Read more


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