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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 at Waipukurau transfer station will improve waste data collection, providing actual weights and accurate data on the amount and types of waste the district is producing. This data will allow 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 community to ensure “Together we are successful environmental guardians, ensuring future generations THRIVE here”. 

The project is 92% funded by the Ministry for the Environment. Council thanks the Ministry of the Environment for the additional funding, particularly as we prioritise Cyclone Gabrielle recovery works in the district.

Construction on the new weighbridge is scheduled to start on Monday 3 May, 2024 and be completed by Friday 21 June, 2024.

As we begin work on the new weighbridge on Monday 3 May, the Waipukurau transfer station will remain open with appropriate safety management in place. However, Council will need to close the Waipukurau transfer station for three weeks from Monday 3 June through to Sunday 23 June to allow for specific works. During this period, community will be advised to hold off disposing of their waste or to use the Waipawa transfer station.

The Waipawa transfer station will be open seven days from 9 am to 4:30 pm to compensate for the closed Waipukurau transfer station. Please be mindful that Waipawa transfer station is smaller and so queues to access the site could be lengthy. We apologise for any inconvenience or delay this may cause and request that you be patient and considerate to workers. 

It may be a good idea to put off taking on a big clean-up during this time if you can.

While the Waipukurau transfer station is closed for three weeks from Monday 3 June through to Sunday 23 June, the Waipawa transfer station will be open seven days from 9 am to 4:30 pm to compensate for the closed site. Please be mindful that Waipawa transfer station is smaller and so queues to access the site could be lengthy. We apologise for any inconvenience or delay this may cause and request that you be patient and considerate to workers. 

Alternatively, it may be a good idea to put off taking on a big clean-up during this time if you can, or to hold onto your waste, until the Waipukurau transfer station reopens at the end of June.

While the Waipukurau transfer station is closed due to construction, we will provide the same waste diversion options (including e-waste) at the Waipawa transfer station, with the exception of agricovery.

Yes, the recycling drop-off centres will remain open throughout installation of the new weighbridge.

At this stage, we will be using the weighbridge to gather data on how much waste the district is producing while maintaining the current pricing structure.

If we move towards a weight-based pricing structure in the future, we will provide further communications about how this will work in advance of pricing changes.

You may also see changes in the layout of the transfer station as part of this project, with the kiosk office moving to allow for the new weighbridge.

Get in touch with Robert Hon, Environmental Waste Manager, at robert.hon@chbdc.govt.nz or by calling Council on 06 857 8060. 

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