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Auckland Council

Landfills

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Types of fill sites

We currently monitor 30 consented cleanfill sites and six 'Managed Fill Sites' throughout the Auckland Region, which accept low-level contaminated waste.

There are three different types of fill sites:

  • Cleanfill – for natural materials such as clay, gravel, rock and soil from areas that are not contaminated with chemicals (this can include small amounts of construction material)
  • Managed fill – designed for material with low-grade contamination
  • Landfill sites – for heavily contaminated materials and all refuse-type material, such as household and kerbside waste, commercial and building waste, and certain types of hazardous waste (for example, asbestos-containing material).

Disposal of contaminated material is tightly regulated and can only happen on licensed sites. Resource consent is required for these landfill sites, usually with stringent conditions, and all sites have a council monitoring scheme in place.

 

Managing a landfill site

The operator or consent holder of the filling site must have management practices and robust documentation to demonstrate that all fill brought to the site meets the requirements of the consent.

Fill site operators are required to provide evidence, generally through an annual or six monthly report to us, to confirm:

  • which materials are being brought to the site, and that
  • fill processes are done in accordance with consent conditions. This includes having fill samples tested at an independent laboratory. Any discharges from the site (such as surface water and ground water) are also tested to determine any risk(s) to the environment.

In some cases after a landfill is full, we can design and implement strategies to remediate and rehabilitate closed landfills for use as active or passive recreational open spaces and wildlife refuges.

 

List of consented operating landfill sites

The list of consented landfills is updated quarterly and includes clean-fill and managed-fill sites.

If you need a customised report, email

regionalconsents@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

and put "LANDFILL" in the subject heading.

The hourly rate for work on a customised report is $162. Before starting, we will prepare a cost estimate for you based on the work involved.

 

Landfill fees

There are three options available when ordering a consent report

Read fee table.
Consent report Fees
Monthly (annual subscription)$742
Single request (monthly or weekly report)$144
Weekly (annual subscription)$1546

​Fees are indicative only and are subject to change.

 

Closed landfills

Closed landfills are sites that have been used for the disposal of contaminated materials and are now full or closed (shut down). These sites are still monitored by us.

If you are considering purchasing land that contains a closed landfill (which is usually a contaminated site), you need to be aware of the liability associated with the site – it may include the costs of clean up, regardless of when the site was contaminated.

For more information, you can consult the Guide to Landfill Consent Conditions (PDF 1001KB) and the Guide for the Management of Closing and Closed Landfills in New Zealand (PDF 692KB), published by the Ministry for the Environment.

 

Unauthorised landfills

It is important for the environment that filling sites are monitored and managed properly. Illegal dumping incurs a fine and, in some cases, prosecutions.

If you witness dumping of fill into sites or areas you think may be unconsented, call 09 377 3107 and speak to the compliance team.