Patea Green Waste
The Patea Beach green waste site will be closed for public green waste disposal after Waitangi Weekend.
From Tuesday 7 February, any green waste will need to be taken to the Patea Transfer Station (Scotland Street) during operating hours (Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm – 4pm).
Patea residents will receive the green waste disposal service at the Patea Transfer Station free for 6 months. All you need to do is make sure you take proof of address (eg. a phone or power bill) with you.
Why is the site being closed?
Back in 2000, the Council was looking for ways to combat the wind-blown sand nuisances and erosion happening at the Patea Beach area. Two options were investigated and after a trial of planting and using green waste, it was found that using green waste was the most effective measure at that time.
Following this, the Taranaki Regional Council granted us a resource consent allowing us to dispose of green waste at the site (only as much as was needed to stabilise the dunes) and in mid-2000 we hired a coastal scientist, Dr Roger Shand of Coastal Systems Limited, to manage the Patea Beach Sand Management Project for us. To assist with this project Patea residents have been allowed to dispose of green waste free of charge in this area.
However, we now need to close this site to public green waste disposal for the following reasons;
- Too much green waste is being disposed of at the site (far more than what is needed) so we are not meeting our resource consent conditions with the Taranaki Regional Council
- A lot of the wrong sort of waste is also being dumped (eg. household rubbish, whiteware, building materials etc), which again is a breach of our resource consent conditions
- Recent coastal weather patterns/wave actions have severely eroded the sand dunes, making them more unstable. Because of these factors Dr. Shand has advised that, under the current conditions, we need to change the way we manage the site (in particular using less green waste for dune stabilisation).
The Council has considered a range of options including the possibility of manning the site to limit the amount of green waste being disposed, but the cost for this was very high and it still did not solve the present issue of unstable sand dunes and dune erosion cause by the changing weather patterns/wave action. So to manage the site more effectively and to meet our environmental resource consent conditions we need to close the site for public green waste disposal.