31 October 2018
Waste Management NZ Ltd has received approval under the Overseas Investment Act to buy land to build a landfill near Wellsford, north of Auckland.
The landfill will serve the Auckland region, and will replace Waste Management’s Redvale landfill, which is likely to reach capacity in 2026.
Waste Management, which is largely Chinese owned, is buying approximately 1,020 hectares of land near Wellsford.
The landfill proposal is yet to obtain resource consent. If Waste Management fails to obtain resource consent, the Overseas Investment Office will require it to sell the land.
Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage and Associate Finance Minister David Clark approved the new landfill site because of the investment’s substantial and identifiable benefits. The landfill will service north and west Auckland when the existing Redvale landfill reaches capacity.
It is estimated that 50 to 100 jobs will be created during the two years it is expected to take to build and develop the landfill. Many of the staff at Waste Management’s Redvale landfill will be transferred to the new landfill.
As part of the approval, Waste Management is required to create walking access along Waiwhiu Stream.
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