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Waipukurau Transfer Station - Weighbridge

In partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Central Hawke's Bay District Council will be installing a weighbridge at the Waipukurau Transfer Station.

A weighbridge will allow CHBDC to gather important data about how much waste we produce, how much we are recycling through the kerbside collection and how much waste we are diverting from landfill.

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A major focus for Council has been the vision of achieving a Waste Free CHB. This vision, established through the Waste Management and Minimisation Strategy in 2019, introduces three new targets: 

  • To increase diversion from landfill to 70% by 2040  
  • To increase diversion from landfill to 48% by 2025  
  • To increase participation in kerbside recycling services (measured through set-out rates) to 60% by 2025 

The installation of a weighbridge will improve waste data collection. Itwill also mean that we will have actual weights and accurate data on the types and amount of the waste the district is producing, that is received through the Waipukurau transfer station. This data will allow the Council to target effective waste minimisation initiatives and improve our ability to track and measure waste diversion. 

This approach is consistent with the vision of our Waste Minimisation Plan 2019, and our Environmental and Sustainability Strategy 2019- 2023, which aims to work with our community to ensure “Together we are successful environmental guardians, ensuring future generations THRIVE here”. 

The plan is to install the weighbridge at the end of 2022 which will include some minor improvements to the transfer station. We do not have a firm date at this stage but will keep you updated with our progress and a date later in the year. 

Year four of the Long-Term Plan included installing a new weighbridge at the Waipukurau transfer station. We will be moving some of the funding forward to fit in with the funding granted from the Ministry for Environment (MfE) before it expires.  

Using a weighbridge will mean that users will only be charged for what they are disposing, rather than assumed volumes. The charge will be fairer and less subjective, as you will only be charged for what you dispose. 

We are still working on timelines with suppliers, and once we have firmed up the contractor, we will be able to provide an update on the works programme. 

Ideally, we would keep the site open, but it is likely the transfer station may have to be closed. Our plan is to keep any closure to as short a period as possible. 

Depending on the length of the closure, we may open the Waipawa transfer station to compensate for this closure. 

Weighbridges work by measuring the weight of the vehicle before and after the waste has been dumped. The difference between these two measurements defines the weight of the load. The difference determines what load weight will be charged for disposing 

Get in touch with Robert Hon, Environmental Waste Manager, at or by calling council on 06 857 8060. 

We will be setting a minimum charge which will cover the costs of operating and maintaining the weighbridge. 

We intend to undertake further analysis to determine per tonne costs.

We intend to maintain a lower disposal fee for green waste if it arrives in a separate load.


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