Cartoon - Panel deliberates on Dome landfill

By: James Nicolls

Community protests over Waste Management’s plan to build a landfill, on the north side of the Dome Valley, were not unexpected, according to the company’s legal representative Balthazar Matheson.

On the first day of a five-week resource consent hearing, Mr Matheson told a panel of five independent commissioners that the company knew that the landfill was likely to be unwelcome to the community.

He said that after looking at 250 different sites Waste Management had “failed to find the perfect one”.

“It’s not a perfect site, but it is a really good site. No site can be perfect,” he said.

“Eventually, we had to say, ‘this is the best we are going to get’.” ... read more

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