Current Emergency

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Solid waste management

Solid Waste Management was needed because some waste management infrastructure was damaged by the earthquakes, and expected large volumes of demolition waste meant existing facilities would not be able to handle waste management requirements. In addition, damaged buildings potentially contained asbestos.

Case managers have been working with the community on:

  • The repair and rebuild of waste infrastructure in the affected areas, to support local capacity to manage waste streams in the future
  • Provision of pre-demolition surveys of asbestos to enable the safe deconstruction and disposal of damaged properties
  • Removal and safe disposal of hazardous substances
  • Provision of a community-based point of contact to support affected properties.

Environment Canterbury has appointed a project manager and a case manager for Hurunui and Kaikōura District Councils has been hired. Work has begun on the Health and Safety and Risk Planning for the Project. EnviroNZ was appointed for the Hazardous Material removal contract and has started working. Infrastructure for Hurunui has been ordered and a hook bin and signage, as well as hazardous waste storage cabinets, are at transfer station sites. Works to repair damage to Amberley and Hanmer Springs transfer stations is well underway; confirmation of designs and other works at the remaining HDC sites and Innovative Waste Kaikōura are in progress.

The Waste Minimisation Fund granted $2.636 million for the Hurunui/Kaikōura Emergency Response Waste Project - a joint council initiative between Environment Canterbury (project lead), Hurunui District Council and Kaikōura District Council to repair and upgrade damaged waste infrastructure and to manage hazardous waste streams (such as asbestos and hazardous household waste) generated as part of the earthquake recovery.